Award Date

1-1-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Mark R. Floyd

Number of Pages

158

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Esteem; Perfectionism; Role; Self

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology

File Format

pdf

File Size

3799.04 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/t7tk-cyff


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