Author

Mary Munroe

Publication Date

2008

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study examined the relative efficacy of brief Cognitive Restructuring (CR) and Mindfulness-based interventions on the disruptive effects of perfectionistic concerns during an evaluative threat scenario. Participants were 70 undergraduate women at a private liberal arts college. Each participant was randomly assigned to an 8-minute CR, Mindfulness-based, or control intervention before participating in a 10-minute speech task in front of two audience members. Few intervention effects were found, but the results suggest that a CR intervention may best disrupt the harmful effects of perfectionistic concern over mistakes. Further research examining possible interventions for maladaptive perfectionism and its effects is needed.

Comments

83 leaves. Thesis (Honors)--Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2008. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 33-38)

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