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May 16, 2023

This week (15th May 2023) is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme is anxiety and to mark it I am looking at the link between perfectionism and anxiety.  This is based on two papers by Burcas and Cretu (2021) and Egan et al. (2022) that explore the link between the two concepts in different ways.   

I have got quite a lot out there this week so please do take a look at my blog for OCR and my podcast with Natalie Hunt for Abingdon School.  Further back in time I have a wide range of mental health podcasts that you can find on my website.  

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Burcaş, S., Creţu, R.Z. Multidimensional Perfectionism and Test Anxiety: a Meta-analytic Review of Two Decades of Research. Educ Psychol Rev 33, 249–273 (2021).

Egan, S., Wade, T., Fitzallen, G., O’Brien, A., & Shafran, R. (2022). A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies of the link between anxiety, depression and perfectionism: Implications for treatment. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 50(1), 89-105. doi:10.1017/S1352465821000357