A multidimensional approach to perfectionism and self-compassion

Linnett, R.J. and Kibowski, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-8852-1278, 2019. A multidimensional approach to perfectionism and self-compassion. Self and Identity. ISSN 1529-8868

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Preliminary research suggests that maladaptive perfectionism impedes the development of self-compassion, a self-attitude with numerous biopsychosocial benefits (MacBeth and Gumley, 2012; Neff and Knox, 2017). The precise relationship between these constructs remains unclear, but if accurately modelled could foster an understanding of the barriers that perfectionists experience to being self-compassionate, enabling focused interventions to be developed. This general population study (N=428) used structural equation modelling to investigate how multidimensional perfectionism related to multidimensional self-compassion. The negative perfectionism dimensions of Concern over mistakes and Discrepancy significantly predicted lower levels of overall self-compassion and its positive dimensions of Self-kindness, Common humanity and Mindfulness. Findings were discussed in relation to the development of population-tailored, dual-focused, interventions aimed at reducing perfectionism and increasing self-compassion.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Self and Identity
Creators: Linnett, R.J. and Kibowski, F.
Publisher: Informa UK
Date: 29 September 2019
ISSN: 1529-8868
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Oct 2019 12:41
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:16
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37937

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