First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Victoria M. FedericoFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Michael Vale, Psychology

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

Perfectionism is an aspect of one’s personality. Specifically, the trait of perfectionism is exemplified in a pursuit of flawlessness. Perfectionists set excessively high standards for their own performance and are overly critical of evaluations of the behavior of others (Smith et. al 2016). There are three individualized subtypes of perfectionism measured using the Big 3 Perfectionism Scale-Short Form (Feher et al., 2020). The first subtype of perfectionism is rigid perfectionism which is orientated around an individual’s sense of self-worth. The second subtype of perfectionism is self-critical perfectionism which is oriented around social expectations. Lastly, the third subtype of perfectionism is narcissistic perfectionism which is orientated around the belief that an individual is perfect. There has been previous research in the realm of perfectionism that looked at perfectionism’s association with life satisfaction and academic success (Gaudreau et al, 2022). However, there is a significant gap in the literature in exploring perfectionism in adults and in sexual minorities. My goal was to explore the relationship between perfectionism, and its subtypes, and minority stress in sexual minorities. It is hypothesized that those who score high on perfectionism will also predict having more minority stress relationship between perfectionism and minority stress in sexual minorities, because they might be affected by preconceived perfect stereotype strivings as members of a disenfranchised group. Total perfectionism and self-critical perfectionism were found to be significantly correlated with all the minority stressors and mental health. Whereas rigid perfectionism was found to be significantly correlated with all measures except outness disclosure. Comparatively, narcissistic perfectionism was found to be significantly correlated with all measures except outness disclosure and microaggressions. It was concluded from these findings that sexual minorities that are high in perfectionism are at risk for higher minority stress and poor mental health.

College and Major available

Psychology BS

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

PS 397, Dr Vale

Location

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Victoria Federico, Neuroscience, class of 2023

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 4:00 PM

Underexplored: Perfectionism in Sexual Minorites

Digital Commons & West Campus West Building

Perfectionism is an aspect of one’s personality. Specifically, the trait of perfectionism is exemplified in a pursuit of flawlessness. Perfectionists set excessively high standards for their own performance and are overly critical of evaluations of the behavior of others (Smith et. al 2016). There are three individualized subtypes of perfectionism measured using the Big 3 Perfectionism Scale-Short Form (Feher et al., 2020). The first subtype of perfectionism is rigid perfectionism which is orientated around an individual’s sense of self-worth. The second subtype of perfectionism is self-critical perfectionism which is oriented around social expectations. Lastly, the third subtype of perfectionism is narcissistic perfectionism which is orientated around the belief that an individual is perfect. There has been previous research in the realm of perfectionism that looked at perfectionism’s association with life satisfaction and academic success (Gaudreau et al, 2022). However, there is a significant gap in the literature in exploring perfectionism in adults and in sexual minorities. My goal was to explore the relationship between perfectionism, and its subtypes, and minority stress in sexual minorities. It is hypothesized that those who score high on perfectionism will also predict having more minority stress relationship between perfectionism and minority stress in sexual minorities, because they might be affected by preconceived perfect stereotype strivings as members of a disenfranchised group. Total perfectionism and self-critical perfectionism were found to be significantly correlated with all the minority stressors and mental health. Whereas rigid perfectionism was found to be significantly correlated with all measures except outness disclosure. Comparatively, narcissistic perfectionism was found to be significantly correlated with all measures except outness disclosure and microaggressions. It was concluded from these findings that sexual minorities that are high in perfectionism are at risk for higher minority stress and poor mental health.

 

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