The main purpose of this study is to examine the mediating role of positive illusions about the self and the spouse and rejection sensitivity in the relationship between expressions of narcissism (overt and covert) and marital adjustment. It is also aimed to define the psychometric properties of two measurements (Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale and Adult Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire) which are used for testing this hypothesis. The data was collected from 205 participants who have been married at least for one year. The participants completed Trait List, Adult Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire, Narcissistic Personality Inventory, Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale and Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale. The data was analyzed by using SPSS 20 and LISREL 8.51. The results revealed that covert narcissism did not predict marital adjustment directly. Rejection sensitivity and positive illusion about spouse that is defined according to the ideal spouse criterion had full mediation roles on relationship of covert narcissism and marital adjustment. On the other hand, neither positive illusion about spouse defined according to the typical spouse criterion nor positive illusion about self-had a mediation role on this relationship.
Keywords: Overt narcissism, covert narcissism, rejection sensitivity, positive illusions, marital adjustment