Perfectionism, Levels of Positive and Negative Affect and Test Performance Following a Midterm Test in Development Psychology

Miloseva, Lence (2012) Perfectionism, Levels of Positive and Negative Affect and Test Performance Following a Midterm Test in Development Psychology. Izvorni naučni rad Pedagogija. pp. 95-102.

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Abstract

The main aim of the study was to examine the associations among trait dimensions of perfectionism, test performance, and levels of positive and negative affect after taking a midterm test in developmental psychology. A sample of 97 university students, aged 19- 20, enrolled in 1st year at Faculty of Educational Science, Goce Delcev University of Stip, R. Macedonia, completed the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (MPS; Hewitt & Flett, 2004), one week prior to an actual class test. Measures of positive affect and negative affect were obtained immediately following the midterm classroom test (PANAS; Watson et al., 1988). The test completed by each student was a regular midterm test that comprised 20% of their final grade in developmental psychology. As we expected, it was found that socially prescribed perfectionism is significantly associated with lower positive affect, greater negative affect, and poorer test performance. In contrast, self-oriented perfectionism is significantly associated with higher levels of positive affect but not with test performance or with the levels of negative affect. Other-oriented perfectionism is significantly associated with both positive affect and enhanced test performance. The results are discussed in terms of the need to examine trait dimensions of perfectionism within the context of ongoing and actual performance of perfectionist students.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Lence Miloseva
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2012 13:34
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 09:13
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/1191

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