Components of perfectionism and procrastination in college students

Gordon L. Flett1, Kirk R. Blankstein2, Paul L. Hewitt3, Spomenka Koledin1
1York University, Canada
2Erindale College University of Toronto, Canada
3University of Winnipeg, Canada
Cite this article:  Flett, G.L, Blankstein, K.R, Hewitt, P.L, & Koledin, S. (1992). Components of perfectionism and procrastination in college students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 20, 85-94.

Volume 20 Issue 2 | e676 | Published: May 1992 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1992.20.2.85

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In the present research we examined the relationships between individual differences in perfectionism and procrastinatory behavior in college students. A sample of 131 students (56 males, 75 females) completed measures of self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed perfectionism, as well as measures of academic procrastination and general procrastination. Participants also completed ratings of factors related to procrastination (i.e., fear of failure, task aversiveness). Correlational analyses revealed it was the socially prescribed perfectionism dimension that was most closely correlated with both generalized procrastination and academic procrastination, especially among males. There were few significant correlations involving self-oriented and other-oriented perfectionism. However, the fear of failure component of procrastination was associated broadly with all the perfectionism dimensions. Overall, the results suggest that procrastination stems, in part, from the anticipation of social disapproval from individuals with perfectionistic standards for others.


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