Healthy Perfectionism and Positive Expectations About Counseling

Oliver, J. M.; Hart, Brett A.; Ross, Michael J.; Katz, Barry M.
June 2001
North American Journal of Psychology;2001, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p229
Academic Journal
This study examined the relation between perfectionism as measured by the Multi-Dimensional Perfectionism Scale and expectations about counseling (EAC's) as measured by the Expectations About Counseling-Brief Form in 200 undergraduates. Preliminary analyses indicated that Self-Oriented, Other-Oriented, and Socially-Prescribed Perfectionism were linearly related to all 17 facets of EAC's and that subscales of the EAC were the appropriate unit of analysis. Canonical correlation demonstrated a significant relation between dimensions of perfectionism and EAC's such that adaptive perfectionism appeared to be associated with positive EAC's for the client, the counselor, and counseling outcome and process. Results provide further support for a healthy type of perfectionism and suggest that it may indicate a good candidate for counseling.


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