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

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


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.

How to Cite
Sevlever, M., & Rice, K. G. (2010). Perfectionism, Depression, Anxiety, and Academic Performance in Premedical Students. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 1(2), e96-e104.
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