A compensatory model to understand dysfunctional personality traits in problematic gaming: The role of vulnerable narcissism

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Title
A compensatory model to understand dysfunctional personality traits in problematic gaming: The role of vulnerable narcissism
Journal
Personality and Individual Differences
Author(s)
Di Blasi Maria, Giardina Alessandro, Lo Coco Gianluca, Giordano Cecilia, Billieux Joel, Schimmenti Adriano
ISSN
0191-8869
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
160
Pages
109921
Language
english
Abstract
According to a “compensatory perspective”, this study aimed to examine the role of narcissism (both vulnerable
and grandiose) in the relationship between emotion dysregulation, escapism motivation to play, and problematic
gaming. In a sample of 405 World of Warcraft players, we tested a multiple mediation model in which the
relationship between vulnerable/grandiose narcissism and problematic gaming was mediated by emotion dysregulation
and escapism. Results showed that the model for vulnerable (but not grandiose) narcissism fitted the
data very well. This study adds novel insight to our understanding of the mechanisms that support problematic
gaming, suggesting that the emotion dysregulation-escapism connection can be boosted by the presence of
vulnerable narcissistic traits. Consequently, clinicians should consider the relevance of vulnerable narcissistic
personality traits in persons who display a problematic engagement with massively multiplayer online roleplaying
games.
Keywords
General Psychology, Gaming, Narcissism
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