The Relationship between perfectionism and depression: mediator roles of perceived social support and mattering

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2019
Kumpasoğlu, Güler Beril
The main aim of this study was to investigate the nature of the relationship between perfectionism and depression according to Perfectionism Social Disconnection Model and to explore the mediator roles of perceived social support and mattering on this relationship. 343 students from the Middle East Technical University participated the study. Beck Depression Inventory, the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale, the Perfectionistic Self Presentation Scale, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, and General Mattering Scale were used. Hierarchical regression analyses and mediation analyses were conducted. The results showed that socially prescribed perfectionism, nondisclosure of imperfection, perceived social support and mattering predicted depression scores significantly. The findings revealed that both perceived social support and mattering mediated the relationship between socially prescribed perfectionism and depression along with the relationship between nondisclosure of imperfection and depression.