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Is perfectionism associated with fatigue?

  [ 37 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • October 12, 1996

Perfectionism has been implicated as a vulnerability factor in the
development of chronic unexplained fatigue. In the present
study, different components of fatigue and perfectionism were
studied in 121 female nurses. They completed a postal
questionnaire assessing current (state) and usual (trait)
fatigue, and dimensions of personality including six
components of perfectionism. Night-shift work was associated
with state, but not trait, fatigue. Negative, but not
positive, components of perfectionism were associated with
mental trait fatigue in particular, but also with physical
trait fatigue. In contrast, the associations with positive
perfectionism tended to be inverse. Multiple regression
modeling indicated that neuroticism as well as negative
perfectionism were separately associated with trait fatigue.
We suggest that negative aspects of perfectionism may cause
maladaptive coping strategies which predispose individuals to

MCM: Studied 250 female nurses all working at two inner-city
hospitals. There were no cases of CFS documented in this

Magnusson AE, Nias DK, White PD

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