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The Apple of Daddy’s Eye: Parental Overvaluation Links the Narcissistic Traits of Father and Child

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Department of Education, Psychology, Communication, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70122 Bari, Italy
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Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva and Associazione di Psicologia Cognitiva, 00185 Rome, Italy
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IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, Scientific Institute of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, 56128 Pisa, Italy
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Department of Psychology, Utrecht University, 3512 JE Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(15), 5515; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155515
Received: 3 July 2020 / Revised: 24 July 2020 / Accepted: 25 July 2020 / Published: 30 July 2020
This study contributes to the literature on the parental correlates of children’s narcissism. It addresses whether parental overvaluation may drive the putative link between parents’ narcissism and children’s narcissism and self-esteem. The cross-sectional design involved a community sample of 519 school-age children (age ranging from 9 to 11 years old) and their parents from an Italian urban context. Child-reported measures included narcissistic traits and self-esteem, while parent-reported measures included narcissistic traits and overvaluation, as well as parenting styles. A series of structural equation models, run separately for mothers and fathers, showed that both parents’ narcissism was directly and positively related to overvaluation and the children’s narcissistic traits; overvaluation partially mediated the indirect link between the fathers’ and children’s narcissistic traits. None of the parenting-style dimensions were related to the children’s outcomes, with the exception of the mothers’ positive parenting being directly and positively related to children’s self-esteem. These findings shed new light upon the parental correlates of child narcissism by suggesting that mothers and fathers convey their narcissism to their offspring through differential pathways. Our findings may be understood from universal as well as cultural specifics regarding the parenting roles of mothers and fathers. Clinical implications for the treatment of youth narcissism suggest the potential of targeting not only children but also their parents. View Full-Text
Keywords: childhood narcissistic traits; parental overvaluation; parenting; father’s narcissism; parenting childhood narcissistic traits; parental overvaluation; parenting; father’s narcissism; parenting
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Coppola, G.; Musso, P.; Buonanno, C.; Semeraro, C.; Iacobellis, B.; Cassibba, R.; Levantini, V.; Masi, G.; Thomaes, S.; Muratori, P. The Apple of Daddy’s Eye: Parental Overvaluation Links the Narcissistic Traits of Father and Child. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5515. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155515

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Coppola G, Musso P, Buonanno C, Semeraro C, Iacobellis B, Cassibba R, Levantini V, Masi G, Thomaes S, Muratori P. The Apple of Daddy’s Eye: Parental Overvaluation Links the Narcissistic Traits of Father and Child. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(15):5515. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155515

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Coppola, Gabrielle, Pasquale Musso, Carlo Buonanno, Cristina Semeraro, Barbara Iacobellis, Rosalinda Cassibba, Valentina Levantini, Gabriele Masi, Sander Thomaes, and Pietro Muratori. 2020. "The Apple of Daddy’s Eye: Parental Overvaluation Links the Narcissistic Traits of Father and Child" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 15: 5515. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155515

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