The relationship between depression and two aspects of personality: Perfectionism and obsessive-compulsiveness

Eshagh Shehniyilagh, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The relationship between depression and two aspects of personality e.g., perfectionism and obsessive-compulsiveness was investigated. The question arises: Do these personality traits contribute to depression? Three instruments were administered; the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), Beck (1996), Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (FMPS), Frost (1990), and Obsessive Compulsive Scale (OCS), Gibb, Baily, Best, and Lambirth (1983). Sixty-three participants were selected by using nonprobability sampling to participate in this study. These participants were graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Fall Semester psychology lecture classes at Tennessee State University. Participants were from various ethnicities, genders, and academic backgrounds, with adult age ranges from 18 to 55. The primary hypothesis was that obsessive-compulsiveness is expected to correlate positively with depression. Two of the newly revised FMPS subscales, concern over mistakes and doubts (CMD) and expectations and criticism (PEC), were also correlated positively with depression and/or obsessive-compulsiveness. However, the other two subscales of perfectionism, personal standards (PS) and organization (O), had lesser effects on depression and/or obsessive-compulsiveness. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Mental Health|Psychology, Personality|Psychology, Cognitive

Recommended Citation

Eshagh Shehniyilagh, "The relationship between depression and two aspects of personality: Perfectionism and obsessive-compulsiveness" (2000). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3007589.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3007589

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