Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between perfectionism and outcome variables (depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict) of individuals with chronic pain
by Hu, Tzu-An, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2013, 150; 3554458
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the relationship between three dimensions of perfectionism (self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed) and three psychological distress variables (depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict) among 94 individuals with chronic pain. Self-oriented perfectionism was found to be associated with anxiety and interpersonal conflict. Other-oriented perfectionism was found to be associated with depression only. Socially prescribed perfectionism was found to be associated with depression and interpersonal conflict. A secondary purpose of the study aimed at investigating the potential mediating effects of the three dimensions of perfectionism on the relationship between stress and patient-reported psychological outcomes. Both self-oriented perfectionism and socially prescribed perfectionism were found to be mediating the relationship between stress and interpersonal conflict. These results suggested that helping chronic pain patients to address their concerns related to self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionistic thinking may help to improve chronic pain patients’ physical and psychological well-being when dealing with their pain conditions and stress associated with the condition.

Key Words: Perfectionism; Depression; Anxiety; Interpersonal Conflict; Stress; Chronic Pain

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Gloria K.
Commitee: Donnelly, James P., Reynolds, Amy L.
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Anxiety, Chronic pain, Depression, Interpersonal conflict, Perfectionism, Stress
Publication Number: 3554458
ISBN: 9781267946096
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