Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS)

Author of Tool: 

Cheek, Hendin, & Wink

Key references: 

Cheek, J. M., Hendin, H. M., Wink., P. M. (2013) An extended version of the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale, Association for Research in Personality, June Posters 2013.  

Primary use / Purpose: 

Extended Version of Hypersensitivity Narcissim Scale which measures narcissistic tendencies

Background: 

The clinical diagnostic criteria for the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (DSM-III) (American Psychiatric Association, 1980) stimulated the interest of personality psychologists in the normal range of individual differences innarcissistic tendencies (Emmons, 1987; Raskin & Terry, 1988; Wink &Gough, 1990). The fundamental distinction between overt and covert narcissism in the normal range of individual differences are the constructs of the Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS).

Psychometrics: 

The alpha reliability of the scale is .89 compared to .75 for the original scale, and it correlated .65 with the MMPI measure of covert narcissism. 

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