A Sociocultural Approach to Narcissism: The Case of Modern China

Huajian Cai, Sau Kwan, Constantine Sedikides

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Abstract

Using large Internet samples, we examined the possible influence of sociodemographic factors on the Chinese self-concept and in particular, on the level of narcissism. We found that (i) younger persons are more narcissistic than older ones; (ii) persons from higher socioeconomic classes are more narcissistic than those from lower socioeconomic classes; (iii) persons from only-child families are more narcissistic than those from families with multiple children; (iv) persons from urban areas are more narcissistic than those from rural areas; and (v) individualistic values are predictive of individual differences in narcissism. The findings suggest that sociocultural changes contribute to the rise of narcissism in China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-535
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

Keywords

  • China
  • Individualism
  • Narcissism
  • Self-concept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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