Validation of the narcissistic admiration and rivalry questionnaire short scale (NARQ-S) in convenience and representative samples

Marius Leckelt*, Eunike Wetzel, Tanja M. Gerlach, Robert A. Ackerman, Joshua D. Miller, William J. Chopik, Lars Penke, Katharina Geukes, Albrecht C.P. Küfner, Roos Hutteman, David Richter, Karl Heinz Renner, Marc Allroggen, Courtney Brecheen, W. Keith Campbell, Igor Grossmann, Mitja D. Back

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Abstract

Due to increased empirical interest in narcissism across the social sciences, there is a need for inventories that can be administered quickly while also reliably measuring both the agentic and antagonistic aspects of grandiose narcissism. In this study, we sought to validate the factor structure, provide representative descriptive data and reliability estimates, assess the reliability across the trait spectrum, and examine the nomological network of the short version of the Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ-S; Back et al., 2013). We used data from a large convenience sample (total N = 11,937) as well as data from a large representative sample (total N = 4,433) that included responses to other narcissism measures as well as related constructs, including the other Dark Triad traits, Big Five personality traits, and self-esteem. Confirmatory factor analysis and item response theory were used to validate the factor structure and estimate the reliability across the latent trait spectrum, respectively. Results suggest that the NARQ-S shows a robust factor structure and is a reliable and valid short measure of the agentic and antagonistic aspects of grandiose narcissism. We also discuss future directions and applications of the NARQ-S as a short and comprehensive measure of grandiose narcissism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-96
Number of pages11
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Narcissism
  • Personality
  • Representative sample
  • Short scale
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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