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Multidimensional Perfectionism, Depression, and Satisfaction With Life: Differences Among Perfectionists and Tests of a Stress-Mediation Model


concerning this article should be addressed to Jeffrey S. Ashby, Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University, 30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3219 (e-mail:


This study examined the relationship between adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism, stress, depression, and satisfaction with life in a sample of undergraduate women. The authors found that maladaptive perfectionists had lower satisfaction with life and higher stress and depression scores compared with adaptive perfectionists. Results also indicated that stress mediated the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and depression and between both maladaptive and adaptive perfectionism and satisfaction with life. Implications for college counselors are discussed.