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Title: The Relations between Perfectionism and Suicidality: A Systematic Review
Author(s): O'Connor, Rory
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Keywords: perfectionism
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Citation: O'Connor R (2007) The Relations between Perfectionism and Suicidality: A Systematic Review, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 37 (6), pp. 698-714.
Abstract: Since the 1980s, there has been a three hundred per cent increase in the number of published papers on perfectionism. Given the inconsistent findings in the literature, this systematic review examines, for the first time, the nature of the relationship between perfectionism and suicidality. To this end, the three main psychological and medical databases (PsychInfo 1887-May 2006, Medline 1966-May 2006 and Web of Knowledge 1981-May 2006) were searched. Twenty nine papers of perfectionism and suicidality were found. There is considerable evidence that self-critical evaluative concerns perfectionism (i.e., socially prescribed perfectionism, self-criticism, concern about mistakes, and doubts about action) is correlated with suicidality. The methodo-logical implications for future research are examined. In addition, the clinical implications for treatment and how these findings relate to the current conceptual debate on the nature of perfec-tionism are discussed.
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