Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Frederick Grieve (Director), Pitt Derryberry, and Amy Brausch

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Previous research exploring the relationship between muscle dysmorphia, drive for muscularity, and disordered eating behaviors in relation to personality characteristics, particularly narcissism, has yielded interesting, though often conflictual, results. The current study attempts to further explore these relationships through assessing muscle dysmorphia, drive for muscularity, and disordered eating in relation different facets of narcissism: grandiose and hypersensitive. Participants for the current study included 173 male students that were recruited via departmental Study Board. Participants completed demographic information, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory-40, the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale, the Muscle Dysmorphia Questionnaire, the Drive for Muscularity Scale, and the Eating Attitudes Test-26. Results were indicative of a positive relationship between muscle dysmorphia symptomotology and hypersensitive narcissism, as well as positive relationships between drive for muscularity and facets of grandiose narcissism. Results also indicated that disordered eating, as an individual construct, was not related to narcissism. Results provide direction for the further study of the dimensional structure of the construct of narcissism, as well treatment implications for those suffering from muscle dysmorphia.


Psychology | Social Psychology