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Narcissism and Subjective Arousal in Response to Sexual Aggression: The Mediating Role of Perceived Power

Department of Psychology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
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Academic Editor: Joana Carvalho
Received: 29 April 2021 / Revised: 13 May 2021 / Accepted: 18 May 2021 / Published: 20 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sexual Relationships, Sexual Behaviors and Gender-Based Violence)
The present research examined the associations that narcissistic personality features had with subjective arousal in response to sexually aggressive behaviors, as well as whether these associations were mediated by the power that was believed to accompany these behaviors. Participants were 221 community members (115 women, 106 men) who completed a self-report instrument that captured narcissistic admiration (an agentic form of narcissism) and narcissistic rivalry (an antagonistic form of narcissism). In addition, participants were asked to rate how powerful they would expect to feel if they actually engaged in an array of sexually aggressive behaviors (e.g., “Tying up a person during sexual intercourse against her/his will”) as well as how sexually aroused they would be by each behavior. A multilevel mediation analysis revealed that both narcissistic admiration and narcissistic rivalry were positively associated with subjective arousal in response to sexual aggression and that these associations were mediated by the perceived power that was believed to accompany these sexually aggressive behaviors. These results suggest that perceptions of power may play an important role in the connections that narcissistic personality features have with subjective arousal in response to sexually aggressive behavior for both men and women. This discussion will focus on the implications of these results for understanding the connections between narcissism and sexual aggression in both men and women. View Full-Text
Keywords: narcissism; sexual; aggression; power narcissism; sexual; aggression; power
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Zeigler-Hill, V.; Andrews, D. Narcissism and Subjective Arousal in Response to Sexual Aggression: The Mediating Role of Perceived Power. Sexes 2021, 2, 189-201. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2020017

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Zeigler-Hill V, Andrews D. Narcissism and Subjective Arousal in Response to Sexual Aggression: The Mediating Role of Perceived Power. Sexes. 2021; 2(2):189-201. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2020017

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Zeigler-Hill, Virgil, and David Andrews. 2021. "Narcissism and Subjective Arousal in Response to Sexual Aggression: The Mediating Role of Perceived Power" Sexes 2, no. 2: 189-201. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2020017

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