—The purpose of this study was to test the pass
model of the causal relationships among covert narcissism,
internalized shame, anger rumination, and relational
aggression. Also, another purpose was to verify internalized
shame and anger rumination mediated between covert
narcissism and relational aggression. For this study, data were
collected from 653 students (336 males, 317 females) at eleven
Korean high schools and were analyzed with the method of
structural equation modeling. The results supported our
hypothetical model. First, our findings in this study
demonstrated that covert narcissism was associated with
relational aggression. Second, path analysis revealed that both
internalized shame and anger rumination mediated the
relationship between covert narcissism and relational
aggression. In addition, anger rumination mediated the
relationship between internalized shame and relational
aggression. Implications for future research and clinical
practice are discussed.
—Covert narcissism, internalized shame, anger
rumination, relational aggression.
S. C. Ghim and S. M. Lim are with Chungbuk National University, Korea
(e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
D. H. Choi is with Cheongmyeong Institute for Students, Korea (e-mail:
J. J. Lim is with Bucheon St. Mary‟s Hospital, Korea (e-mail:
Cite: Sung Chan Ghim, Doo Hwan Choi, Ji Jun Lim, and Sung Moon Lim, "The Relationship between Covert Narcissism and Relational Aggression in Adolescents: Mediating Effects of Internalized Shame and Anger Rumination," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 21-26, 2015.