Multidimensional perfectionism and academic procrastination: relationships with depression in university students

Psychol Rep. 1993 Dec;73(3 Pt 1):863-71. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1993.73.3.863.


Depression in university students is associated with numerous problematic outcomes. Unidimensional perfectionism and academic procrastination have each independently been related with depression and with one another in university students. Multidimensional perfectionism, consisting of self and social dimensions, and academic procrastination have not been simultaneously examined for their interrelationships with one another and with depression. Measures of multidimensional perfectionism, academic procrastination, and depression were administered to 150 undergraduate and graduate students. Analyses showed that only one dimension of perfectionism was correlated with procrastination, although both perfectionism and procrastination were important in accounting for depression in these students. Findings are discussed as they relate to the treatment of university students for the symptoms of depression.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests
  • Self Concept*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Universities*