Perfectionism and academic buoyancy: examining predictors of academic stress and mental well-being

Chin, Leticia Pax (2022) Perfectionism and academic buoyancy: examining predictors of academic stress and mental well-being. Masters thesis, Sunway University.

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Undergraduate students commonly experience high levels of stress which can be detrimental to psychological health and functioning. Studies suggest that despite being associated to poorer well-being, perfectionism is often deemed desirable in academic settings. Hence, the present study aims to examine the role of perfectionism (i.e., self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, and discrepancy perfectionism) and academic buoyancy as predictors of academic stress and mental well-being. We also explored whether academic buoyancy mediated the relationship between perfectionism and a) academic stress and b) mental well-being. Three hundred and three Malaysian undergraduates aged between 18-25 (M = 20.76, SD = 1.61) were recruited via opportunity sampling to complete a series of self-report measures on the variables of interest. It was hypothesised that self-oriented perfectionism and academic buoyancy will predict lower levels of academic stress and greater levels of mental well-being. Conversely, socially prescribed perfectionism and discrepancy perfectionism were expected to be related to the most detrimental outcomes. Multiple regressions indicate that self-oriented perfectionism and socially prescribed perfectionism were not significant predictors of academic stress. Meanwhile, the remaining hypothesised impact of perfectionism and academic buoyancy on academic stress and mental well-being were supported. Next, PROCESS by Hayes was computed to examine the mediating role of academic buoyancy between perfectionism and a) academic stress and b) mental well-being, respectively; these were supported whereby academic buoyancy had a significant indirect effect between perfectionism and the outcomes. Overall, the information gleaned from the present study will benefit education practitioners and counsellors involved in developing and facilitating strategies involving academic buoyancy to reduce academic stress and enhance the mental well-being of students.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: perfectionism; academic buoyancy; academic stress; mental well-being.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Medical and Life Sciences [formerly School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences until 2020] > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2023 23:36
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2023 23:36

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