Perfectionism, Loneliness and Life Satisfaction in Engineering Students

Author: Syeda Fatima Husnain

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: Msc

Year: (2008-2012)

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


This research intended to explore the relationship of socially-prescribed perfectionism, self-oriented perfectionism and loneliness with students’ life satisfaction. The sample comprised of 143 male students (M age = 21.43, SD = 1.03) from the top five departments of University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore which were selected owing to their ranking based on merit. Assessment measures included The Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale Life (Frost, Marten, Lahart, & Rosenblate, 1990), The UCLA Loneliness Scale-Version 3 (Russel, 1996), The Brief Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (Huebner, 1997) and a demographic questionnaire. Results of the hierarchical regression analysis showed that more the students were self-oriented perfectionists the more they were satisfied with their life. However, socially-prescribed perfectionism was not related with life satisfaction of students. The results were true for both groups of students who felt more and less lonely.

Keywords: self oriented, socially prescribed perfectionism, loneliness, life satisfaction.

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