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ERIC Number: ED569403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 115
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-0879-8
Perfectionism and Social Connectedness in Graduate Students
Amodeo, Diana
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Chestnut Hill College
Previous research has identified a link between perfectionism and social adjustment; however the relationship between perfectionism and social connectedness has not been directly explored. The present study was designed to examine the relationship between specific dimensions of perfectionism and their association with social connectedness. Expanding on prior research, which focused on clinical and undergraduate populations, the present study investigated perfectionism and social connectedness with graduate students from two different academic institutions. Graduate participants from Chestnut Hill College and Rutgers University completed the Frost, Marten, Lahart, and Rosenblate (1990), Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale and the Social Connectedness Scale Revised (Lee, Draper, & Lee, 2001). The results revealed significant associations between perfectionism and social connectedness in graduate students. Overall, higher scores of perfectionism were found to be negatively correlated with social connectedness (r = -0.34, p < 0.01). The results also provide evidence that one or more dimensions of perfectionism are negatively correlated with social connectedness. Concern Over mistakes (CM, r = -0.352,p < 0.01), Parental Criticism (PC, r = -0.297, p < 0.05) and Doubting of Actions (D, r = -0.516, p < 0.01) were significantly negatively correlated with social connectedness (SC score). There were no significant findings for Personal Standards, Parental Expectations and Organization. The present study identified specific dimensions of perfectionism that clinicians might evaluate in their patients as they have a negative impact on social adjustment. Mental health providers can design treatment interventions to specifically target the maladaptive perfectionistic traits. Treatment foci would include internal messages about not being perfect, how such messages are evoked by others and generated within oneself, and how these messages influence interpersonal relationships. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale