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Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 413-423

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Self-control mediates the link between perfectionism and stress

  • Anja AchtzigerAffiliated withChair for Social and Economic Psychology, Zeppelin University Email author 
  • , Ute C. BayerAffiliated withUniversity of Konstanz

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The relationship between perfectionism and stress is well-established. Recent research has focused on identifying the mediators of this link. Starting from a multidimensional perspective on perfectionism, we investigated the role of self-control and found it to be a mediator between perfectionism and stress in a sample of university freshmen. Further, perfectionistic concerns (i.e., discrepancy; Slaney et al. 2001) were positively correlated with stress, whereas perfectionistic strivings (i.e., high standards; Slaney et al. 2001) were negatively correlated with stress. Practical implications regarding overcoming maladaptive perfectionism are discussed.


Perfectionism Self-control Coping Stress Freshmen