Perfectionism, Depression, Anxiety, and Academic Performance in Premedical Students

Authors

  • Melina Sevlever Auburn University
  • Kenneth G. Rice University of Florida

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.36537

Abstract

This study examined differences in perfectionism, depression, anxiety, and academic performance between premedical (N = 104) and non-premedical (N = 76) undergraduate students. Results indicated that premedical students did not differ significantly from non-premedical students in perfectionistic self-criticism, personal standards perfectionism, depression, or anxiety. Perfectionistic high standards were not correlated with depression or anxiety for either group. Self-critical perfectionism was positively correlated with depression and anxiety, with comparable effect sizes, for both groups of students. Premedical students and non-premedical students drastically differed in their reported academic performance (GPA). For premedical students, PS perfectionism was related to higher GPA, however PS perfectionism in non-premedical students had a negligible effect in increasing GPA. The implications of these results for interventions and future research are discussed.

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Published

2010-07-07

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Sevlever M, Rice KG. Perfectionism, Depression, Anxiety, and Academic Performance in Premedical Students. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2010 Jul. 7 [cited 2022 Aug. 13];1(2):e96-e104. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/36537

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Original Research