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

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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. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2011

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