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Title: A multidimensional approach to perfectionism and self-compassion
Authors: Linnett, Rebecca
Kibowski, Fränze
First Published: 29-Sep-2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Self and Identity, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2019.1669695
Abstract: Research suggests that maladaptive perfectionism impedes the development of self-compassion, a self-attitude with numerous biopsychosocial benefits. The precise relationship between these constructs remains unclear, but accurate modeling could foster an understanding of the barriers that perfectionists experience to self-compassion, enabling focused interventions to be developed. This study used structural equation modeling within a convenience-sampled, general, population (n = 428; age = 34.3 yrs, SD = 12.1) to analyze how multidimensional perfectionism related to multidimensional self-compassion. The maladaptive perfectionism dimensions (Concern over Mistakes; Discrepancy) predicted lower levels of self-compassion and its positive dimensions (Self-kindness; Common Humanity; Mindfulness). Adaptive perfectionism also predicted higher levels of Self-judgment. Findings were discussed theoretically, and their utility for developing population-tailored, dual-focused, interventions aimed at reducing perfectionism and increasing self-compassion was explored.
DOI Link: 10.1080/15298868.2019.1669695
ISSN: 1529-8868
eISSN: 1529-8876
Embargo on file until: 29-Sep-2020
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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