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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Predicting hopelessness and psychological distress: the role of perfectionism and coping
Author(s): O'Connor, Rory
O'Connor, Daryl B
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Keywords: hopelessness
College students Mental health
Perfectionism (Personality trait)
Stress (Psychology)
Issue Date: Jul-2003
Date Deposited: 19-Mar-2009
Citation: O'Connor R & O'Connor DB (2003) Predicting hopelessness and psychological distress: the role of perfectionism and coping. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50 (3), pp. 362-372.;
Abstract: This study investigated an integrative model involving the relationship between perfectionism (P.L. Hewitt & G.L. Flett, 1991) and coping (C.S. Carver, M.F. Scheier, & J.K. Weintraub, 1989) to predict changes in hopelessness and general psychological distress among college students. Results indicated that changes in psychological well-being (4 to 5 weeks later) were predicted by socially prescribed perfectionism and, as theorized, avoidance coping moderated the link between perfectionism and psychological well-being beyond initial levels of distress. Support was also found for the adaptive effects of cognitive reconstruction coping and other-oriented perfectionism whereas, under certain conditions, self-oriented perfectionism was shown to be maladaptive. These findings offer support for the proposed model. Implications for intervention and suggestions for future research are discussed.
DOI Link: 10.1037/0022-0167.50.3.362
Rights: Published in Journal of Counseling Psychology. Copyright: American Psychological Association. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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