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ERIC Number: EJ792369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 75
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Perfectionism and Negative Mood: The Mediating Roles of Validation from Others versus Self
Wu, Tsui-Feng; Wei, Meifen
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v55 n2 p276-288 Apr 2008
This study examined a model in which the need for reassurance from others and the capacity for self-reinforcement mediated the relationships between two dimensions of perfectionism (evaluative concerns [EC] perfectionism and personal standards [PS] perfectionism) and anxiety and depression. Results from structural equation modeling of data from 295 college students from a large midwestern university indicated that the need for reassurance from others and the capacity for self-reinforcement fully mediated the relationship between EC perfectionism and anxiety as well as partially mediated the relationships between PS perfectionism and anxiety and depression. Moreover, 41% of the variance in anxiety and 50% of the variance in depression was explained by EC perfectionism, PS perfectionism, the need for reassurance from others, and/or the capacity for self-reinforcement. (Contains 3 figures, 5 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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