Vulnerable narcissism as a mediator of the relationship between perceived parental invalidation and eating disorder pathology

  title={Vulnerable narcissism as a mediator of the relationship between perceived parental invalidation and eating disorder pathology},
  author={Danushika Sivanathan and Boris Bizumic and Elizabeth Rieger and Elizabeth Huxley},
  journal={Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity},
PurposeParental invalidation and narcissism have been proposed to play an important role in understanding the etiology of eating disorders. The current research aimed to address two main gaps in the literature. The first aim was to determine the differential associations of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism with eating disorder pathology. The second aim was to find a common mediator between both maternal and paternal invalidation and eating disorder pathology. It was hypothesized that when… 
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