Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 95-101

First online:

Perfectionism and Suicide Ideation in Adolescent Psychiatric Patients

  • Paul L. HewittAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • , James NewtonAffiliated withManitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre
  • , Gordon L. FlettAffiliated withYork University
  • , Lois CallanderAffiliated withSimon Fraser University

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This study was conducted to examine the relations between dimensions of perfectionism and suicide ideation in an adolescent psychiatric sample. A sample of 66 adolescents from an inpatient psychiatric facility completed the Child and Adolescent Perfectionism Scale, the Child's Hopelessness Scale, and the Suicide Ideation Questionnaire. Overall, the results indicated that socially prescribed perfectionism was associated with greater suicide ideation and that it, along with hopelessness, accounted for unique variance in suicide ideation scores. The findings are discussed in terms of their practical and theoretical significance as well as their consistency with similar research with adults.

Perfectionism suicide ideation