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Narcissism and empathy in young offenders and non-offenders

Hepper, Erica, Hart, CM, Meek, R, Cisek, SZ and Sedikides, C (2014) Narcissism and empathy in young offenders and non-offenders European Journal of Personality, 28 (2). pp. 201-210.

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Understanding the individual factors that predispose persons to criminal behaviour is vital to reducing offending and rehabilitating those who have been sentenced to prison. This study examined the roles of narcissism (at both clinical and subclinical trait levels) and empathy, by comparing levels in young adult males currently serving a prison sentence to those with no history of criminal convictions. Prison participants had significantly higher levels of narcissism—in particular entitlement—than control participants, and this link was sequentially mediated by lower perspective-taking and subsequently lack of empathic concern. Trait narcissism showed stronger effects than Narcissistic Personality Disorder symptoms. Narcissistic young men’s feelings of entitlement and ensuing lack of empathy for others may account for their greater likelihood of criminal behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Hart, CM
Meek, R
Cisek, SZ
Sedikides, C
Date : 10 April 2014
DOI : 10.1002/per.1939
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the authors’ pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Hepper E. G., Hart, C. M., Meek, R., Cisek, S. Z., & Sedikides, C. (in press). Narcissism and empathy in young offenders and non-offenders. European Journal of Personality. The definitive version will be available from
Uncontrolled Keywords : narcissism, empathy, criminal behaviour, offending, personality
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Nov 2013 16:16
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:45

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