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A Comparison of the Nomological Networks Associated With Forced-Choice and Likert Formats of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory

Published on May 4, 2018in Journal of Personality Assessment2.829
· DOI :10.1080/00223891.2017.1310731
Joshua D. Miller56
Estimated H-index: 56
(UGA: University of Georgia),
Brittany Gentile19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UGA: University of Georgia)
+ 3 AuthorsW. Keith Campbell67
Estimated H-index: 67
(UGA: University of Georgia)
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Abstract
ABSTRACTThe Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) is one of the most popular measures of narcissism. However, its use of a forced-choice response set might negatively affect some of its psychometric properties. The purpose of this research was to compare a Likert version of the NPI, in which only the narcissistic response of each pair was given, to the original NPI, in 3 samples of participants (N = 1,109). To this end, we compared the nomological networks of the forced-choice and Likert formats of the NPI in relation to alternative measures of narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder, entitlement, self-esteem, general personality traits (reported by self and informants), interpersonal styles, and general pathological traits included in the DSM–5. The Likert format NPI—total and subscales—manifested similar construct validity to the original forced-choice format across all criteria with only minor differences that seem to be due mainly to the increased reliability and variability found in the Like...
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