Perfectionism, Frustration Tolerance and Aggression among Young Adults

Author: Sana Saleem

Supervisor: Faiza Rasool

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between perfectionism, frustration tolerance and aggression in young adults. It was hypothesized that perfectionism and frustration tolerance would likely to predict aggression. A convenience sampling technique was used to recruit the sample of 100 adults (50 of men, 50 of women) from different universities of Lahore, with age range of 18-25 years (M = 21.42, SD = 1.58). The Short Almost Perfect Scale (SAPS) (Rice et al, 2014), Frustration Discomfort Scale (FDS) (Harrington, 2014), and Aggression Scale (Buss-Perry, 1992) were used for assessment. Descriptive statistics, Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Hierarchal Regression were used to the analyze data. Results indicated that there is a significant positive relationship between maladaptive perfectionism, frustration tolerance and aggression in young adults. Adaptive perfectionism was positively related with frustration intolerance but no relation was found with aggression. Discrepancy perfectionism and entitlement frustration significantly predicted aggression. This study can be helpful for adults for how to deal the frustrating situation without being aggressive and which type of perfectionism should be adopted.

Keywords: Perfectionism Types, Perfectionism Dimensions, Low Frustration Tolerance, Anger.

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