Lifespan Speaker Series – Perfectionism and Youth Well-Being

Do you ever feel like you need to be perfect all of the time or are afraid to make mistakes? That might be a trait called perfectionism, but what is perfectionism and how does it influence health and well-being in children and youth?

This webinar hosted on March 11, 2021, focused on research being conducted by Brock University’s Dr. Danielle S. Molnar, along with graduate student Melissa Blackburn and Dr. Tabitha Methot-Jones, explored those questions while discussing:

  • Why are so many youth experiencing pressure to be perfect? 
  • How can parents, educators, and youth-focused practitioners support youth struggling with perfectionism?
  • How are young perfectionists experiencing the pandemic?

Please note that this webinar does not recommend any specific resource and/or treatment options, nor is it intended to provide individual advice. Individuals should consult with their healthcare team/treatment provider for all healthcare recommendations and decisions.

We would like to acknowledge the support from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Office of Research Services, which helped to make this event possible.

Watch the recording of the webinar here:


  • Dr. Danielle S. Molnar, Associate Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University
  • Melissa Blackburn, MA student under Dr. Molnar and Dr. Zinga, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University
  • Dr. Tabitha Methot-Jones, research associate in the Developmental Processes in Health and Well-Being Lab, Brock University

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