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Keywords:

  • perfectionism;
  • coping;
  • depression

Perfectionism has consistently been implicated as a significant contributor to negative outcomes, including depression, in college student populations. This study examined the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism, coping, and depression in a sample of 405 undergraduate students. Maladaptive perfectionists, adaptive perfectionists, and nonperfectionist college students differed significantly on levels of depression and exhibited different patterns of coping. Avoidant coping mediated the relationship between both adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism and depression.