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Voices of Perfectionism [microform] : Perfectionistic Gifted Adolescents in a Rural Middle School / Patricia A. Schuler
Bib ID 5627254
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Schuler, Patricia A
 
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Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
126 p. 
Summary

This study investigated the characteristics of perfectionistic gifted adolescents in a rural middle school, how they perceived their perfectionism, the influences on their perfectionism, and the consequences of their perfectionist behaviors. Qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection were employed to gather data from 20 gifted adolescents identified as having perfectionist tendencies. Findings support the multidimensional theory of perfectionism, which states that perfectionism exists on a continuum with healthy to dysfunctional behaviors. Several differences existed between the healthy perfectionists and the dysfunctional perfectionists. Health perfectionists possessed an intense need for order and organization; displayed self-acceptance of mistakes; enjoyed high parental expectations; demonstrated positive ways of coping with their perfectionist tendencies; had role models who emphasized doing one's "best"; and viewed personal effort as an important part of their perfectionism. Dysfunctional perfectionists lived in a state of anxiety about making errors; had extremely high standards; perceived excessive expectations and negative criticism; questioned their own judgments; lacked effective coping strategies; and exhibited a constant need for approval. Family, teacher, and peer influences on perfectionism were perceived as mostly positive for the healthy perfectionists, but negative for the dysfunctional perfectionist. Appendices contain the Goals and Work Habits Survey and the Empowering Gifted Behavior Scale. (Contains over 200 references.) (Author/CR)

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Availability: The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06026-2007; Web site: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu.

Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: R206R50001.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adolescents.  |  Anxiety.  |  Behavior Problems.  |  Coping.  |  Data Analysis.  |  Emotional Disturbances.  |  Family Influence.  |  Gifted.  |  Middle School Students.  |  Middle Schools.  |  Performance Factors.  |  Personality Traits.  |  Rural Schools.  |  Self Concept.  |  Self Esteem.  |  Self Evaluation (Individuals)  |  Student Characteristics.  |  Perfectionism
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT
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