Narcissism and antisocial behaviour in sport: The moderating role of self-compassion

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Zhang, S., Roberts, R., Akehurst, S. and Woodman, T. 2024. Narcissism and antisocial behaviour in sport: The moderating role of self-compassion. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 70, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2023.102528
AuthorsZhang, S., Roberts, R., Akehurst, S. and Woodman, T.
Abstract

Narcissism, which features the chronic disposition to seek the opportunity to construct and maintain an inflated self, is a known risk for antisocial behaviour. However, knowledge of factors that mitigate the effects of narcissism on antisocial behaviour is lacking. In two studies we explored the hypothesis that self-compassion would protect against the link between narcissism and antisocial behaviour, such that narcissism would be less related to antisocial behaviour when self-compassion was high. Study 1 was a cross-sectional study with a sample of professional footballers (N = 208). Study 2 utilised a sample of competitive athletes from a variety of sports (N = 324) over an eight-month period. The data from both studies supported the hypothesis: Greater self-compassion was associated with a null (Study 1) or significantly attenuated (Study 2) relationship between narcissism and antisocial behaviour. We discuss the implications of the findings, including the benefits of incorporating self-compassion in sport settings.

KeywordsNarcissist; Compassion; Grandiosity; Moral behaviour; Moderation; Latent growth curve modelling
Year2024
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Journal citation70, pp. 1-9
PublisherElseiver
ISSN1469-0292
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2023.102528
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