Adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in a sample of 34 unemployed people: Potential implications for futher study, and for policy and equity

Belinda Seib, Richard E. Hicks

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No current research exists on the impact of the attitudes of perfectionism on the unemployed, though earlier research exists from studies of the employed and of university students. The current study examined, for 34 unemployed individuals in the Personal Support Programme, the relationship between perfectionism and self-esteem, general well-being, and life satisfaction. The project is on-going. This project used the Multi-dimensional Perfectionism Scale, the General Health Questionnaire, a depression questionnaire and a general questionnaire on the satisfaction of the unemployed individuals and their willingness to seek employment. The findings emphasised that maladaptive perfectionism may play a role in the psychological distress of the unemployed, though further study to unravel the effects of unemployment itself from the impacts of developed attitudes of maladaptive perfectionism is needed. Identification of the possible role of pre-existing maladaptive perfectionism in the experience of psychological distress may have implications for mandatory employment programs (e.g., Work for the Dole) and for the suspension of the unemployment benefits when such activities are breached. Paradoxically, these breaches could, for maladaptive perfectionists, decrease the behavioural pursuit of employment and increase psychological distress rather than motivate job search activity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Constraints to Full Employment Conference
Place of PublicationCallaghan
PublisherCentre of Full Employment and Equity
Pages234-243
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventThe Constraints to Full Employment or Work Choices and Welfare-to-Work Conference 2006 incorporating the 8th Path to Full Employment Conference and the 13th National Conference on Unemployment: Fiscal and monetary policy, WorkChoices and job insecurity - University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 20068 Dec 2006
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CountryAustralia
CityNewcastle
Period7/12/068/12/06
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Seib, B., & Hicks, R. E. (2006). Adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in a sample of 34 unemployed people: Potential implications for futher study, and for policy and equity. In The Constraints to Full Employment Conference (pp. 234-243). Callaghan : Centre of Full Employment and Equity
Seib, Belinda ; Hicks, Richard E. / Adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in a sample of 34 unemployed people : Potential implications for futher study, and for policy and equity. The Constraints to Full Employment Conference. Callaghan : Centre of Full Employment and Equity , 2006. pp. 234-243
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Adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in a sample of 34 unemployed people : Potential implications for futher study, and for policy and equity. / Seib, Belinda; Hicks, Richard E.

The Constraints to Full Employment Conference. Callaghan : Centre of Full Employment and Equity , 2006. p. 234-243.

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