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Title: Perfectionism in children and adults : maintaining mechanisms and treatment implications
Author: Wilde, Damian
ISNI:       0000 0004 5364 175X
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2014
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The thesis consists of three papers; literature review, empirical paper, and reflective paper. The literature review evaluates the effectiveness of psychological interventions for perfectionism in adults. The systemic review analysed 12 papers comprising of; randomised control trials, group intervention studies, and single case designs. Interventions were varied in delivery, such as face-to-face or web-based with the majority using a CBT intervention. A number of studies showed effectiveness for the treatment of perfectionism in adults, but some were narrow in use of population e.g. a high proportion of female participants. Clinical implications are discussed. The empirical paper investigated the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism, self-criticism, self-esteem, and mood in primary school children. A non-clinical population (9-11 years of age) of 90 children were recruited with quantitative measures utilised. Mediation models were used to establish if any relationships existed. Results showed a significant relationship between self-esteem and mood, and perfectionism dimensions, such as sensitivity to mistakes and mood were significantly mediated by self-esteem and self-criticism. Results are discussed in comparison with previous research and clinical and education implications are discussed. The reflective paper reflects upon the personal and professional doctoral thesis journey. Starting from generation of idea, moving through the emotional journey of design, recruitment and write-up, and focusing on aspects such as self-care.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine