Perfectionism, Health, & Well-Being

One area of particular interest in the Developmental Processes in Health and Well-Being Lab (DPHWB Lab) is understanding the role of social-personality vulnerability factors, especially perfectionism, in the etiology, promotion, and maintenance of physical health and well-being. Questions of interest include: How do trait dimensions of perfectionism differentially contribute to health, well-being or illness? What processes explain the links between perfectionism and health/well-being? From a lifespan perspective, do the associations between perfectionism and health or between perfectionism and well-being vary as function of the developmental period (e.g., middle childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood etc.)?

With respect to perfectionism, we are also very excited about exploring how perfectionism is related to several performance-related outcomes such as academic achievement, test anxiety, and performance in physical pursuits such as competitive dance. Questions of interest include: How do trait dimensions of perfectionism differentially contribute to or hinder performance across multiple domains? What are the mechanisms that explain why dimensions of perfectionism are differentially related to performance? How do individual and contextual factors contour associations between dimensions of perfectionism and performance?