The role of parental love inconsistency in the development of narcissism and aggression
Previous research has suggested a potential association between parental love inconsistency and narcissism (Trumpeter, Watson, O'Leary, & Weathington; 2008) as well as between narcissism and aggression (Bushman & Baumeister, 1998; Stucke & Sporer, 2002; Weise & Tuber, 2004). The present study investigated the relationship among parental love inconsistency, narcissism, and aggression, while controlling for social desirability. Self-report surveys of parental love inconsistency, narcissism, aggression and social desirability were completed with a sample of 119 college students. Findings revealed that both parental love inconsistency and narcissism were significant predictors of aggression. Social desirability failed to produce a significant association with narcissism, which was contrary to the hypothesis. The results of this research suggest that ineffective parenting may prove to be a viable pathway by which to examine personality pathology and aggression. Potentially, aggressive tendencies in adulthood may be linked to problematic parental relations in childhood.
0620: Developmental psychology
0622: Clinical psychology
0625: Personality psychology