Conversational narcissism in marriage: effects on partner mental health and marital quality over the transition to parenthood

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Title: Conversational narcissism in marriage: effects on partner mental health and marital quality over the transition to parenthood
Author: Leit, Lisa, 1973-
Abstract: This study seeks to explore how narcissistic attention seeking behaviors in faceto -face conversation contribute to marital quality and partner’s mental health over the transition to parenthood . Narcissism , considered a personality disorder , is defined as an all -pervasive pattern of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior . Central features of narcissism include a need for admiration and a lack of empathy . The concept of narcissism has been extended beyond mental illness and is now considered a personality trait (Raskin & Terry , 1988 ) . It follows then that narcissistic tendencies might affect one’s communication style . This research elaborates the concept of narcissism , and discusses the ways that narcissistic patterns in interpersonal relationships have been studied . Finally , drawing upon social exchange theory , it finds that conversational narcissism characterizes 78 percent of marriages , frequently renders spouses invisible , and predicts maladaptive dialogue and divorce at seven years .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3915
Date: 2008-08-29

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Conversational narcissism in marriage: effects on partner mental health and marital quality over the transition to parenthood. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3915 .

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