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Chronic Pain and Perfectionism in a Community Sample

15 July 2010


This study examined the relationship between chronic pain and two dimensions of perfectionism that have been linked to poor health outcomes, self-oriented and socially-prescribed perfectionism, in a community sample. Participants completed questionnaires assessing chronic pain, as defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain, as well as two subscales of the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale via an online survey. Separate independent samples t-tests revealed that chronic pain was, on average, associated with significantly higher levels of both self-oriented and socially-prescribed perfectionism. This relationship was especially strong in regard to the latter dimension. These findings suggest that individuals in the community who experience chronic pain differ from those who do not in terms of maintaining higher levels of self-oriented and socially-prescribed perfectionism.


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