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The types of stress as mediators between perfectionism and depressive symptoms

Slusarek, Julia (2019) The types of stress as mediators between perfectionism and depressive symptoms.

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Abstract:Students are confronted with various kinds of demands during their time at university, which make them particularly vulnerable to experience different kinds of stress and depressive symptoms. A trait that often evokes feelings of stress in students is maladaptive perfectionism. In order to better understand the development of depressive symptoms among students, the present study examined the association between maladaptive perfectionism, stress and depression. For this purpose, 155 University students were asked to fill in a questionnaire containing the Perceived Stress Scale, Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Mediation analysis showed a mediation effect of distress and eustress on the relationship between perfectionism and depression. Results indicate that individuals showing maladaptive perfectionism experience more distress and less eustress, which leads to the development of more depressive symptoms. Therefore, interventions aiming to decrease distress and enhance eustress could help to reduce depressive symptoms in perfectionistic students.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78127
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