Perfectionism and Its Relation to Overevaluation of Weight and Shape and Depression in an Eating Disorder Sample

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Objective:To examine the relative association between psychopathology (depression and overevaluation of weight and shape) and measures of perfectionism and self-criticism in an eating disorder sample.Method:Participants (n = 39) completed measures of independent variables (perfectionism and self-criticism) and dependent variables (depression and overevaluation of weight and shape).Results:Simultaneous multiple regression analyses suggest that clinical perfectionism has a unique association with depression. Self-criticism and clinical perfectionism had a stronger association with overevaluation of weight and shape than other measures of perfectionism.Discussion:Clinical perfectionism and self-criticism may be of more relevance than existing measures of multidimensional perfectionism in terms of explaining maintenance of depression and overevaluation of weight and shape.

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