Perfectionism, occupational stress and depression among Australian university students

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Christopoulos, M. & Hicks, R.E. (2008). Perfectionism, occupational stress and depression among Australian university students. In S. Boag (Ed.), Personality down under: Perspectives from Australia (pp. 41-52). New York, United States: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 9781604567946

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The present study examined the role perfectionism plays in University students by investigating its relationship with occupational stress and depression in the context of an Australian university student population. 116 students were recruited through convenience and snow-balling sampling method. Students completed the General & Biodata Questionnaire, the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (Frost et al., 1990), the Occupational Stress Inventory-Revised (Osipow, 1998), and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales-21 (Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995). As expected maladaptive perfectionism significantly correlated with occupational stress and depression; however, unexpectedly adaptive perfectionism did not correlate significantly with occupational stress and depression. Also, as expected the Ethnic minority group scored higher on maladaptive perfectionism compared to the Caucasian group. This suggests that perfectionism could play an important role in the development of stress and depression in University students.

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