Perfectionistic standards for academic achievement in a South Asian-Canadian post-secondary population and their association with anxiety and depression
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AbstractThe purpose of the present study was to examine perfectionistic standards for academic achievement in a South Asian-Canadian post-secondary population and their association with anxiety and depression. A sample of 50 South Asian-Canadian students (26 females and 24 males) from the University of Calgary, with a mean age of 20.74 years, participated in the study. The Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (MPS), the Beck Depression Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-II), the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and a demographic questionnaire were administered. Overall, 26% of the sample reported mild to severe depression and 38% of the sample reported mild to severe anxiety. Significant correlations were obtained between socially prescribed perfectionism and depression for the total sample, females, and males. Only socially prescribed perfectionism contributed significantly to the prediction of depression scores. Implications for counselling using a multicultural approach are presented.
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