Perfectionism and its relation to overevaluation of weight and shape and depression in an eating disorder sample

Anna Steele, Anne O'Shea, Amelia Murdock, Tracey Wade

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    Abstract

    Objective: To examine the relative association between psychopathology (depression and overevaluation of weight and shape) and measures of perfectionism and self-criticism in an eating disorder sample. Method: Participants (n = 39) completed measures of independent variables (perfectionism and self-criticism) and dependent variables (depression and overevaluation of weight and shape). Results: Simultaneous multiple regression analyses suggest that clinical perfectionism has a unique association with depression. Self-criticism and clinical perfectionism had a stronger association with overevaluation of weight and shape than other measures of perfectionism. Discussion: Clinical perfectionism and self-criticism may be of more relevance than existing measures of multidimensional perfectionism in terms of explaining maintenance of depression and overevaluation of weight and shape.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)459-464
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume44
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

    Keywords

    • depression
    • eating disorders
    • perfectionism
    • self-criticism
    • undue influence of weight and shape

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