Prevention of perfectionism in youth

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This chapter focuses on the current and future directions for universal prevention targeting unhelpful perfectionism in youth (children and adolescents before the age of 18 years). Universal approaches are those delivered to all youth, regardless of risk status, typically in classroom settings. Unhelpful perfectionism is broadly defined as the types, dimensions, and aspects of perfectionism that lead to adverse outcomes in youth. The following questions will be addressed: (a) What do we need to know about perfectionism in youth to develop effective preventions? (b) How is perfectionism defined in children and adolescents? (c) What models of perfectionism have been tested in youth? (d) What studies inform our understanding of whether unhelpful perfectionism can be prevented? And (e) what specific recommendations does this suggest for future prevention?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Perfectionism
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, Applications
EditorsJoachim Stoeber
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315536255
ISBN (Print)9781138691025
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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