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Title: An examination of maladaptive perfectionism, perfectionistic self-presentation, wellbeing and the disclosure of mental health difficulties
Author: Patel, Sonam
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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Aims. Clinical psychology training is demanding, and the multiple competing demands can negatively affect trainees’ wellbeing. This study explored trainees’ levels of wellbeing, maladaptive perfectionism and perfectionistic self-presentation, and explored the relationship between perfectionism and wellbeing. It evaluated the effectiveness of a brief CBT-based perfectionism workshop in reducing unhealthy perfectionism and perfectionistic self-presentation, and altering trainees’ likelihood of, and comfort with, disclosing mental health problems and personal difficulties to others. It also examined whether these changes persisted over time. Methods. The workshop was delivered at four UK clinical psychology doctoral programmes. At the start of the workshop, 117 trainees completed an online survey examining wellbeing, maladaptive perfectionism, perfectionistic self-presentation, and their likelihood of, and comfort with talking about mental health problems and personal difficulties with three recipients: placement supervisor, a member of course staff and a fellow trainee. The survey was repeated immediately after the workshop, and at 11-weeks follow-up (n = 35). Results. Wellbeing deteriorated over time and was negatively correlated with maladaptive perfectionism and perfectionistic self-presentation. The workshop reduced maladaptive perfectionism and perfectionistic self-presentation and, excluding comfort with disclosing mental health problems to course staff, increased trainees’ likelihood and comfort with disclosing mental health problems to all recipients. Conversely, the intervention had no effect on disclosure of personal difficulties. At follow-up, only changes in perfectionism were maintained. Conclusions. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the workshop at reducing perfectionism and breaking down barriers to disclosure in the training environment. Future research should therefore seek to evaluate the effectiveness of this workshop with larger and more diverse trainee cohorts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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