Author: Amina Javed
Supervisor: Saima Dawood, PhD
University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study examined the relationship between perfectionism, unconditional self- acceptance and debilitating emotions: anger, anxiety and depression among students. The present research identified whether those who give themselves unconditional self-acceptance were better adjusted and have lesser debilitating emotions or those who do not give themselves unconditional self-acceptance have more debilitating emotions (anger, anxiety and depression). Correlational research design was used and data was collected through purposive sampling. Sample was 200 students of schools and colleges, with age range of 16-19 years (M=16.92, SD=1.09). A battery of questionnaires including Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (MPS), Unconditional Self-Acceptance Questionnaire (USAQ), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-I), depression subscale of Symptoms Checklist Revised (SCL-R), and State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-II (STAXI-II) was used to assess perfectionism, unconditional self-acceptance, anxiety, depression and anger respectively. Bio data sheet was used for the demographic information of the participants. The results were designed by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) to find correlation among variables and mediation analysis was conducted on AMOS. Significant association was found between all the measures used and results showed that when perfectionism has positive correlation with unconditional self-acceptance, then experiencing of debilitating emotions decreases. Mediation analysis showed that unconditional self-acceptance mediates the effect of certain dimensions of perfectionism on debilitating emotion. The results were designed by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) to find correlation among variables and mediation analysis was conducted on AMOS.
Keywords: Perfectionism, Unconditional Self-Acceptance, Debilitating Emotions.
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