Domains of perfectionism: Prevalence and relationships with perfectionism, age, gender, and satisfaction with life

Stoeber, J. and Stoeber, F.S. (2009) Domains of perfectionism: Prevalence and relationships with perfectionism, age, gender, and satisfaction with life. Personality and Individual Differences, 46 (4). pp. 530-535. ISSN 0191-8869. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Perfectionists have been described as people who want to be perfect in all domains of their lives. Few studies to date, however, have investigated what domains people are perfectionistic in. Using two samples (109 university students, 289 Internet users), the present study investigated how being perfectionistic in 22 domains of life was related to perfectionism, age, gender, and satisfaction with life. Across samples, work and studies were the domains that most participants reported being perfectionistic in, followed by bodily hygiene, spelling, and presentation of documents. Whereas age, gender, and satisfaction with life showed significant relationships with selected domains of life, perfectionism showed significant positive correlations with the overall score (number of domains affected by perfectionism) and with being perfectionistic in individual domains. Further analyses showed that self-oriented perfectionism, rather than socially prescribed perfectionism, was responsible for these correlations. The findings indicate that, in most domains, being perfectionistic is internally motivated and not externally motivated. Moreover, they show that, while some perfectionists may be perfectionistic across domains, most perfectionists are perfectionistic only in selected domains.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Perfectionism; Age; Gender; Satisfaction with life, work; Studies; Bodily hygiene; Sports
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 14:58
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 02:54
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18973 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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