Lamkin, Joanna Price
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Narcissism has serious negative interpersonal consequences, including within romantic relationships. The present study investigated personality and relationship quality variables in a sample of 103 couples. The present study explored the characteristics of partners of narcissistic individuals as well as patterns of relationship quality for grandiose, entitled/exploitative and vulnerable narcissism, particularly in the context of varying relationship duration. While there were no clear patterns of partner characteristics, support was found for lower relationship adjustment over time in narcissistic relationships characterized by exploitativeness and entitlement. Findings are discussed with the goal of further understanding the cycle of distress and dissatisfaction that is common in romantic relationships where narcissism is a factor.