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01-06-2016 | Original Article | Uitgave 1/2017

Child Psychiatry & Human Development 1/2017

Emotional Control Mediates the Association Between Dimensions of Perfectionism and Worry in Children

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Child Psychiatry & Human Development > Uitgave 1/2017
Auteurs:
Nicholas W. Affrunti, Janet Woodruff-Borden

Abstract

Previous research has shown that perfectionism predicts for increased worry in children. Theoretically, children with high levels of perfectionism may show a decreased ability to control their emotions during times of perceived failure. Children may then worry as a maladaptive attempt to cope with intense emotions. The current study sought to test the mediating role of emotional control on the relation between perfectionism dimensions and worry in children. Participants were 66 parent–child dyads. Children were 7–13 years (50 % male; 77.3 % Caucasian, 9.1 % African American). Overall the model fit the data well. Results indicated that perfectionism domains predicted for emotional control deficits and increased worry. Emotional control also partially mediated the relation between perfectionism dimensions and worry. These results suggest that emotional control may be one mechanism through which perfectionism exerts its effect on worry and perfectionistic children may worry due to difficulty controlling their emotional responses.

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