The Relationship Between Perfectionism and Psychopathology: A Meta-Analysis

Karina Limburg, Hunna J. Watson, Martin S. Hagger, Sarah J. Egan

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Abstract

Objective: The clinical significance of 2 main dimensions of perfectionism (perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns) was examined via a meta-analysis of studies investigating perfectionism in the psychopathology literature. Method: We investigated relationships between psychopathology outcomes (clinical diagnoses of depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders; symptoms of these disorders; and outcomes related to psychopathology, such as deliberate self-harm, suicidal ideation, and general distress) and each perfectionism dimension. The relationships were examined by evaluating (a) differences in the magnitude of association of the 2 perfectionism dimensions with psychopathology outcomes and (b) subscales of 2 common measures of perfectionism. Results: A systematic literature search retrieved 284 relevant studies, resulting in 2,047 effect sizes that were analysed with meta-analysis and meta-regression while accounting for data dependencies. Conclusion: Findings support the notion of perfectionism as a transdiagnostic factor by demonstrating that both dimensions are associated with various forms of psychopathology.

LanguageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
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StateAccepted/In press - 2016

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Psychopathology
Meta-Analysis
Self-Injurious Behavior
Suicidal Ideation
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Perfectionism
Meta-analysis
Depression

Keywords

  • Meta-analysis
  • Perfectionism
  • Perfectionistic concerns
  • Perfectionistic strivings
  • Psychopathology

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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