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A case for multiple pathways to increasing perfectionism: reply to Soenens and Vansteenkiste

Hill, Andrew P. and Curran, Thomas (2019) A case for multiple pathways to increasing perfectionism: reply to Soenens and Vansteenkiste. Psychological Bulletin, 145 (4). pp. 433-435. ISSN 0033-2909

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Identification Number: 10.1037/bul0000189

Abstract

We respond to Soenens and Vansteenkiste's (2019) commentary on our meta-analysis (Curran & Hill, 2019) that evidenced increases in college students' perfectionism from 1989 to 2016. In speculating on possible reasons for the increase, we argued that increases in anxious and controlling parenting could partly account for this trend. Soenens and Vansteenkiste argue that in doing so we did not differentiate between parental control as structure and parental control as pressure, with only the latter being important for the development of perfectionism. They also argue that when this distinction is made, research suggests that parental control as pressure is decreasing. Finally, they caution for the risk of parent blame. In our response, we acknowledge the potential importance of the distinction between parental control as structure and parental control as pressure but note that so far this distinction has not been common in perfectionism research. We also acknowledge that the evidence provided by Soenens and Vansteenkiste could be suggestive of declining control as pressure. However, we highlight that our arguments hinged on a wider array of evidence that placed changes in parental behavior in context of broader social change and multiple pathways to increases in perfectionism. We close our response by agreeing that parents are not to blame for increasing perfectionism.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 American Psychological Association
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2019 00:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101355

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