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Comparative Study
. 1991 Feb;100(1):98-101.
doi: 10.1037//0021-843x.100.1.98.

Dimensions of Perfectionism in Unipolar Depression

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Comparative Study

Dimensions of Perfectionism in Unipolar Depression

P L Hewitt et al. J Abnorm Psychol. .

Abstract

We tested the hypothesis that self-oriented perfectionism, other-oriented perfectionism, and socially prescribed perfectionism are related differentially to unipolar depression. The Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale was administered along with measures of depression and anxiety to 22 depressed patients, 22 matched normal control subjects, and 13 anxiety patients. It was found that the depressed patients had higher levels of self-oriented perfectionism than did either the psychiatric or normal control subjects. In addition, depressed patients and anxious patients reported higher levels of socially prescribed perfectionism than did the normal control subjects. The results suggest that various dimensions of perfectionism may play an important role in clinical depression.

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