Narcissism and the self in homicidal adolescents

@article{McCarthy1978NarcissismAT,
  title={Narcissism and the self in homicidal adolescents},
  author={James B. McCarthy},
  journal={The American Journal of Psychoanalysis},
  year={1978},
  volume={38},
  pages={19-29}
}
  • J. McCarthy
  • Published 1978
  • Psychology
  • The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
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