Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 413–423

Self-control mediates the link between perfectionism and stress

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11031-012-9321-6

Cite this article as:
Achtziger, A. & Bayer, U.C. Motiv Emot (2013) 37: 413. doi:10.1007/s11031-012-9321-6


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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair for Social and Economic PsychologyZeppelin UniversityFriedrichshafenGermany
  2. 2.University of KonstanzConstanceGermany

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