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Becoming a perfectionistic adolescent: Perceived parental behaviors involved in developmental trajectories of perfectionism

Damian, Lavinia E., Negru-Subtirica, Oana, Pop, Eleonora I., Stoeber, Joachim (2021) Becoming a perfectionistic adolescent: Perceived parental behaviors involved in developmental trajectories of perfectionism. European Journal of Personality, . ISSN 0890-2070. (doi:10.1177/08902070211012902) (KAR id:84824)

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Abstract

Perfectionism is a pervasive and prevalent personality disposition with high implications for psychological maladjustment. Adolescence represents a particularly relevant period for the development of perfectionism, and perceived parental behaviors have been shown to play an important part. Yet, so far only few longitudinal studies have investigated the role of risk and protective parental behaviors in the development of perfectionism in adolescents. Examining a sample of 744 adolescents (Mage = 15.2 years), the present study investigated developmental trajectories of self-oriented, socially prescribed, and other-oriented perfectionism over 4 waves spaced 5-6 months apart. Results of growth mixture modeling showed that self-oriented perfectionism followed 3 developmental trajectories (low and decreasing; medium and decreasing; high and stable) as did socially prescribed perfectionism (low and stable; medium and increasing; high and stable). Other-oriented perfectionism showed 4 developmental trajectories (low and decreasing; low and stable; high and stable; high and increasing). Significant differences were observed between groups regarding all investigated perceived parental behaviors (psychological control, behavioral control, responsiveness, and autonomy support). Similarities and differences between the development of each form of perfectionism and the role of each parental behavior as well as implications of these findings for the understanding of the development of perfectionism in adolescence are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/08902070211012902
Uncontrolled keywords: perfectionism; adolescents; development; risk and protective parental behaviors; growth mixture modeling
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 16:35 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2021 23:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84824 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stoeber, Joachim: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6439-9917
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