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Narcissistic personality and academic underachievement in school age children Mah, Terry


The achievement (as indexed by standardized test scores) of 56 (54 females and 2 males) private school children was studied in relation to demographic (social status and gender), behavioral (three indicators of persistence), dispositional (clinical and psychometric measures of narcissism), and ability (Otis-Lennon) factors. A clinical procedure and device were developed to augment the information yielded by those procedures whose purpose was primarily the generation of quantitative data. The qualitative and quantitative material was studied together to explore Freud's distinction between libidinal types, which might be implicated in differences in cultural (e.g., school) achievement. Results are discussed in relation to research, assessment, and educational issues.

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