Coping and Perfectionism as Predictors of Life Satisfaction in Adolescents

Author: Fatima Ali Bokhari

Supervisor: Dr. Aisha Sitwat

Degree: MS

Year: 2008-2010

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of the present research was to examine Perfectionism and Coping as Predictors of Life Satisfaction in Adolescents. A sample of 414 students studying in grades 9th to 12th in different schools and colleges of Lahore were included in the study. The Demographic Questionnaire, Almost Perfect Scale-Revised, Coping Strategies Questionnaire and Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale were administered on each participant in a group setting. Regression analysis revealed that standard, order and active practical coping positively predicted life satisfaction whereas discrepancy and avoidance focused coping negatively predicted life satisfaction. Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient revealed that adaptive forms of perfectionism had a positive correlation with active practical coping and religious coping whereas maladaptive form of perfectionism had a positive correlation with avoidance focused coping. The hypothesis that there are gender differences in adolescents’ perfectionism, coping and life satisfaction was partially supported.

Keywords: Perfectionism. Coping, Life Satisfaction, Adolescents.

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