Are you a perfectionist and does it matter? Depression and perfectionism in Australian university students
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This study examined the relationships that exist between depression and adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism among university students. There has been earlier evidence that depression in a general population is related to maladaptive perfectionism, but first, would this be the case among university students and second, would adaptive perfectionism be related positively to wellbeing (i.e., be related negatively to depression). This current study examined these questions in a sample of 215 university students across three Australian states. The links between maladaptive perfectionism and poorer mental health were confirmed, but there was no significant relationship found between adaptive perfectionism and depression or wellbeing. However, interestingly higher scores both on adaptive and on maladaptive perfectionism were related to higher stress levels for students. Implications are discussed.
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