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Sexual narcissism and infidelity in early marriage.
Arch Sex Behav. 2014 Oct; 43(7):1315-25.AS

Abstract

There is theoretical reason to believe that narcissism is associated with infidelity. Yet, studies that have examined this association have yielded inconsistent results. Given that these inconsistencies may have emerged because prior studies used global assessments of narcissism that do not capture the extent to which the components of narcissism are activated in the sexual domain, the current research drew from two longitudinal studies of 123 married couples to examine the extent to which sexual narcissism predicted marital infidelity. Consistent with the idea that narcissism predicts sexual behavior when activated in the sexual domain, own sexual narcissism was positively associated with infidelity, controlling for own marital and sexual satisfaction, own globally-assessed narcissism, partner globally-assessed narcissism, and partner sexual narcissism. Helping to explain why this association emerged, further analyses demonstrated that it was driven by all four facets of sexual narcissism-sexual exploitation, grandiose sense of sexual skill, sexual entitlement (Study 1 only), and lack of sexual empathy (husbands only). Additionally, although partner sexual narcissism was unrelated to infidelity on average, partners' grandiose sense of sexual skill and partners' sexual entitlement (Study 2 only) were positively associated with infidelity, and partners' lack of sexual empathy was negatively associated with infidelity (Study 2 only). These findings highlight the benefits of using domain-specific measures of sexual narcissism in research on sexual behavior and the benefits of using domain-specific measures of personality more generally.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Florida State University, 1107 W. Call St., Tallahassee, FL, 32306-4301, USA, mcnulty@psy.fsu.edu.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24696386

Citation

McNulty, James K., and Laura Widman. "Sexual Narcissism and Infidelity in Early Marriage." Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 43, no. 7, 2014, pp. 1315-25.
McNulty JK, Widman L. Sexual narcissism and infidelity in early marriage. Arch Sex Behav. 2014;43(7):1315-25.
McNulty, J. K., & Widman, L. (2014). Sexual narcissism and infidelity in early marriage. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(7), 1315-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-014-0282-6
McNulty JK, Widman L. Sexual Narcissism and Infidelity in Early Marriage. Arch Sex Behav. 2014;43(7):1315-25. PubMed PMID: 24696386.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual narcissism and infidelity in early marriage. AU - McNulty,James K, AU - Widman,Laura, Y1 - 2014/04/03/ PY - 2013/03/15/received PY - 2013/12/28/accepted PY - 2013/05/13/revised PY - 2014/4/4/entrez PY - 2014/4/4/pubmed PY - 2014/11/19/medline SP - 1315 EP - 25 JF - Archives of sexual behavior JO - Arch Sex Behav VL - 43 IS - 7 N2 - There is theoretical reason to believe that narcissism is associated with infidelity. Yet, studies that have examined this association have yielded inconsistent results. Given that these inconsistencies may have emerged because prior studies used global assessments of narcissism that do not capture the extent to which the components of narcissism are activated in the sexual domain, the current research drew from two longitudinal studies of 123 married couples to examine the extent to which sexual narcissism predicted marital infidelity. Consistent with the idea that narcissism predicts sexual behavior when activated in the sexual domain, own sexual narcissism was positively associated with infidelity, controlling for own marital and sexual satisfaction, own globally-assessed narcissism, partner globally-assessed narcissism, and partner sexual narcissism. Helping to explain why this association emerged, further analyses demonstrated that it was driven by all four facets of sexual narcissism-sexual exploitation, grandiose sense of sexual skill, sexual entitlement (Study 1 only), and lack of sexual empathy (husbands only). Additionally, although partner sexual narcissism was unrelated to infidelity on average, partners' grandiose sense of sexual skill and partners' sexual entitlement (Study 2 only) were positively associated with infidelity, and partners' lack of sexual empathy was negatively associated with infidelity (Study 2 only). These findings highlight the benefits of using domain-specific measures of sexual narcissism in research on sexual behavior and the benefits of using domain-specific measures of personality more generally. SN - 1573-2800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24696386/Sexual_narcissism_and_infidelity_in_early_marriage_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-014-0282-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -