The current study tested whether aggression was reduced when power was increased by alternative means. Participants were provoked and then informed that they would (a) work with another subject, (b) manage another subject as a result of random assignment, or (c) manage another subject as a result of answers to a leadership test. Regression analyses revealed that narcissism significantly moderated the effect of power. As narcissism increased power restoration became more effective at reducing aggression. Simple slope analyses indicated that power restoration led to a significant decrease in aggression at high levels of narcissism (+2 SD), but a significant increase in aggression at very low levels of narcissism (-2 SD). Findings (a) suggest narcissism is an important variable to consider in the investigation of the effects of power on aggression and (b) prompt questions regarding the differential experience of provocation at varying levels of narcissism.
|Advisor:||Pedersen, William C.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Personality psychology|
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