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J. Korean Home Econ. Assoc > Volume 50(1); 2012 > Article
Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2012;50(1):15-28. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2012.50.1.015
Mediating Effects of Self-Esteem on the Relationship between Perfectionism in Children, and Depression and Anxiety
Yun Joo Chyung
Department of Consumer & Child Studies, University of Incheon
Corresponding Author: Yun Joo Chyung ,Tel: +82-32-835-8251, Email: ychyung@incheon.ac.kr
Received: October 4, 2011; Revised: October 6, 2011   Accepted: November 18, 2011.
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to examine: (1) the relationships among two dimensions of children’s perfectionism (both self-oriented and socially prescribed), and levels of depression, anxiety, and self-esteem; (2) whether or not selfesteem mediates the relationship between children’s self-oriented perfectionism, and depression and anxiety; and (3) whether self-esteem mediates the relationship between socially prescribed perfectionism, and depression and anxiety. The participants were 406 fifth and sixth graders. Their data were collected with questionnaires. It was found that there are significant correlations between children’s self-oriented perfectionism, and depression and self-esteem, and there are also significant correlations between children’s socially prescribed perfectionism, and depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. It was also found that self-esteem mediates the relationship between the two dimensions of children’s perfectionism, and depression and anxiety. These results seem to indicate that enhancing healthy selfesteem could lower the risks of experiencing depression and anxiety in children with perfectionistic personality.
Keywords: self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, depression, anxiety, self-esteem
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