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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2020, 2(12); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2020.021218.

What Components of Perfectionism Could Drive People for Thinness


Haoze Zhu

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Haoze Zhu

Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing 210008, China

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Perfectionism and drive for thinness have both been described as predictors of eating disorders, but the relationship between these two constructs over time requires further investigation, as does the an understanding of what components of perfectionism are important in this relationship. 84 people in the US has attended our experiment to help us indicate a relationship between evaluative concerns and drive for thinness. In table one, results from an exploratory factor analysis indicated DV was found to be significantly correlated with Concern Over Mistakes, Personal Standards, Doubts about Actions and Organization. In contrast, drive for thinness dose not have a significant relationship with Personal Expectations and Personal Criticism. In table two, we can predict that only CM was found to emerge as significant predictor of drive for thinness. This finding has potential implications for understanding the psychological symptoms of eating disorders before symptoms and may contribute to the establishment of prevention and treatment models. Although there is strong evidence to show the few dimensions of perfectionism are likely the causes of driving people for thinness, the experiment need to be done in a more general way such as change the sex ratio, extent age boundary and include the clinical group to make the results more acceptable.


Perfectionism, Driving for thinness, Psychological symptoms

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Haoze Zhu. What Components of Perfectionism Could Drive People for Thinness. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 12: 123-126. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2020.021218.


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