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The relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and contingencies of self-worth

Hill, AP, Appleton, PR and Hall, HK (2011) The relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and contingencies of self-worth. Personality and Individual Differences, 50 (2). 238 - 242 (5). ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Research suggests that while socially prescribed perfectionism has a robust association with psychological difficulties, self-oriented perfectionism may be best considered a vulnerability factor (Flett & Hewitt, 2007; Hewitt & Flett, 1991). One explanation for their divergent consequences is that these dimensions of perfectionism are underpinned by different contingencies of self-worth. The purpose of the current study was to examine this possibility. Two-hundred and thirty-eight undergraduate students (age M = 18.94, SD = 1.33, range 18–25). completed measures of perfectionism (self-oriented and socially prescribed) and contingencies of self-worth (based on outperforming others, approval of others, and personal competence). Consistent with the hypotheses, regression analyses revealed that socially prescribed perfectionism was predicted by contingencies of self-worth based on outperforming others and the approval of others, whereas self-oriented perfectionism was predicted by contingencies of self-worth based on outperforming others and personal competence. The results suggest that the nature of the contingencies of self-worth associated with these dimensions of perfectionism may be important when considering their relationship with psychological maladjustment.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 12:09
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.09.036
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.09.036
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74581

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