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Are Narcissists More Likely to be Involved in Cyberbullying? A Study of Chinese Adolescents

[Speaker] Fan, Cuiying:1,2
[Co-author] Chu, Xiao-wei:1,2, Zhang, Meng:1,2, Chen, Wu:1,2, Zhang, Hui:3
1:School of Psgchology,Central China Normal Universty (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education (China (People's Republic of China)), 3:University of Memphis (United States of America)

Although cyberbullying was linked with individuals' personality characteristics, few studies to date have been conducted to investigate its relationship with narcissism, especially overt and covert narcissism. The main objective of the current study thus is to distinguish the distinct effects of overt and covert narcissism on cyberbullying perpetration and victimization. Self-esteem is also employed as a mediator to explain these differences, which is another objective of this study. An anonymous questionnaire was completed by 814 Chinese middle school students aged from 11 to 18. The results indicated that covert narcissism positively predicted cyberbullying perpetration and victimization controlling for age, gender and overt narcissism, while overt narcissism had no effects. Furthermore, when the same variables were controlled, self-esteem partially mediated the effects of covert narcissism on cyberbullying perpetration and victimization, which might manifest self-esteem as a possible explanatory mechanism for the distinct effects of the two types of narcissism on cyberbullying.
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