Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 95–101

Perfectionism and Suicide Ideation in Adolescent Psychiatric Patients

  • Paul L. Hewitt
  • James Newton
  • Gordon L. Flett
  • Lois Callander

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025723327188

Cite this article as:
Hewitt, P.L., Newton, J., Flett, G.L. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1997) 25: 95. doi:10.1023/A:1025723327188


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 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul L. Hewitt
    • 1
  • James Newton
    • 2
  • Gordon L. Flett
    • 3
  • Lois Callander
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Manitoba Adolescent Treatment CentreWinnipegCanada
  3. 3.York UniversityNorth YorkCanada
  4. 4.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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