The relations between perfectionism and suicidality: a systematic review

O'Connor, R. (2007) The relations between perfectionism and suicidality: a systematic review. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 37(6), pp. 698-714. (doi:10.1521/suli.2007.37.6.698) (PMID:18275376)

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Abstract

Since the 1980s, there has been a 300 percent increase in the number of published papers on perfectionism. Given the inconsistent findings in the literature, this systematic review examines, for the first time, the nature of the relationship between perfectionism and suicidality. To this end, the three main psychological and medical databases (PsychInfo 1887–May 2006, Medline 1966–May 2006 and Web of Knowledge 1981–May 2006) were searched. Twenty nine papers of perfectionism and suicidality were found. There is considerable evidence that self-critical evaluative concerns perfectionism (i.e., socially prescribed perfectionism, self-criticism, concern about mistakes, and doubts about action) is correlated with suicidality. The methodological implications for future research are examined. In addition, the clinical implications for treatment and how these findings relate to the current conceptual debate on the nature of perfectionism are discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: O'Connor, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0363-0234
ISSN (Online):1943-278X
Published Online:31 December 2010

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