By TAYLOR J. CRAWFORD Medical News Now – February 02, 2019 06:09:12A new study found that white, suburban parents who reported that they are narcissists or possess an unhealthy level of self-esteem were more likely than white, non-narcisys to have narcissistic parents and to be more likely on the autism spectrum.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia, and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
“Our results suggest that narcissism is a common parenting style in the white suburban community and may have important consequences for the children who are raised in it,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Christopher S. Coggan, a psychology professor at the University.
“While the study found a correlation between narcissism and parental attachment, this does not necessarily mean that narcissists themselves are narcissism-prone.”
Researchers analyzed the data of 5,824 children, ages 6 to 18, from more than 20,000 families in the United States.
The children were categorized into three groups, each of which was considered narcissistic parents: those who reported they were not narcissistic at all; those who were narcissistic but had no self-image issues; and those who scored at the higher end of the narcissistic spectrum.
Each child’s narcissism score was scored by parents in each of the three groups and was then compared with the average of scores of all children in their families.
The average narcissism scores were then divided into two groups: those that had scores of 0, 2, or 3, and those that scored 5, 8, or 12.
The researchers also conducted an analysis of the children’s socialization, using the same measures that had been used in the study.
“There was no significant difference between white suburban parents with and without narcissistic parents,” said Dr. Coggans.
“This suggests that narcissistic parents are not more likely or more severe than non-Narcissists to be a significant predictor of narcissism.”
The researchers found that the more narcissistic the parent, the more likely they were to have a narcissist parent.
“However, when parents were classified as narcissistic without being narcissistic, the association between narcissists and narcissistic parents was weaker,” he said.
“We believe this could be due to the fact that narcissistic families are more socialized than non-, non-, and narcissistic-parent families.”
Dr. Soggan noted that narcissistic parents were also more likely in the group of people who score higher on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorders.
The DSM-IV-TR is the world’s official diagnostic manual of mental disorders.
It was developed by the American Psychiatric Association in 1992 and has been used since then by medical professionals.
It is the most comprehensive diagnostic manual available for mental health conditions, and it is also widely used in psychiatric research.
A 2013 study in the British Medical Journal found that children with narcissistic parents were more than four times as likely as those without narcissistic parent to have anxiety disorders later in life.
Researchers hope that the study will help them understand the relationship between narcissist parenting and anxiety disorders in children.