Gender Differences in Narcissism and Courtship Violence in Dating Couples

  title={Gender Differences in Narcissism and Courtship Violence in Dating Couples},
  author={Kathleen M. Ryan and Kim Weikel and Gene D. Sprechini},
  journal={Sex Roles},
The current study explored the relationship between courtship violence and the exploitativeness/entitlement factor of overt narcissism, covert narcissism, and sexual narcissism. Data were analyzed from 63 currently dating couples on their own and partner’s aggression using the CTS2. All were white, heterosexual students from a small US college in Central Pennsylvania. An interdependence analysis showed that correlations were entirely explained at the individual-level, thus demonstrating that… Expand

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