Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Mark R. Floyd
Number of Pages
Over the past two decades, research interest has peaked in the specific study of perfectionism as a trait and risk factor for psychopathology, namely depression. This current study hypothesized that perfectionism's impact on an individual's mental health is mediated by that individual's feelings of self-esteem. Research by Preusser, Rice, and Ashby (1994) and Rice, Ashby, and Slaney (1998) have noted evidence for this mediational relationship of self-esteem between perfectionism and depression. Using a sample of 189 undergraduate student volunteers (64 men and 125 women), results indicated that self-esteem was a significant mediator in the relationships between maladaptive perfectionism and depression, as well as anxiety and general distress. In relation to adaptive perfectionism, self-esteem was not a significant mediator, but may serve as a protective factor against adverse mental health outcomes. Thus, self-esteem appears to represent a critical determinant of perfectionism-related distress.
Esteem; Perfectionism; Role; Self
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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LaSota, Marcus T, "Perfectionism and the role of self-esteem" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1955.