Perfectionism and coping with daily failures: Positive reframing helps achieve satisfaction at the end of the day

Stoeber, Joachim and Janssen, Dirk P. (2011) Perfectionism and coping with daily failures: Positive reframing helps achieve satisfaction at the end of the day. Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An international journal, 24 (5). pp. 477-497. ISSN 1061-5806. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Differentiating perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns, the present study examined how perfectionism predicts what coping strategies people use when dealing with failures, and how perfectionism and coping influence people’s satisfaction. A sample of 149 students completed daily reports for 3 to 14 days reporting the most bothersome failure they experienced during the day, what strategies they used to cope with the failure, and how satisfied they felt at the end of the day. Multilevel regression analyses showed that perfectionistic concerns predicted more frequent use of self-blame, less frequent use of active coping and acceptance, and higher satisfaction at the end of the day whereas perfectionistic strivings predicted less frequent use of self-blame and higher satisfaction. Whereas positive reframing, acceptance, and humor predicted higher satisfaction for all students, further analyses showed that positive reframing coping was particularly helpful for students high in perfectionistic concern. The findings suggest that accommodative coping strategies are generally helpful in dealing with personal failures, with positive reframing being a coping strategy that works particularly well for people high in perfectionistic concerns (who are prone to dissatisfaction) to achieve higher satisfaction at the end of the day.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: personality; coping; subjective well-being; perfectionism; social support; avoidance; secondary control; multilevel random coefficient analyses
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2011 05:51
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 10:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26326 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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