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Terry Winegar


The aim of this research was to identify relationships between narcissism and likely risk-taking behaviors in young adult students, as well as to assess possible developmental and family influences over this personality trait and these behaviors. Evaluations of the severity of a range of criminal activity were also assessed through this study as predicted by narcissism and as a predictor of risk behaviors. The data was collected through the use of anonymous online surveys, which included a total of five measurement instruments. Since young adulthood is a time of engaging in more risk behaviors than later periods of life, the goal was to determine if assessing narcissism during this time period, along with developmental and familial aspects, could potentially serve to predict future involvement in possible criminal activity.


Presented as part of the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) held April 21, 2022.

The downloadable file is a research poster.

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