Perfection is the enemy of progress and good mental health: A Randomised Controlled Trial of guided parent-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children’s perfectionism
Chief Investigator: Professor Tracey Wade
Funding Amount : $99,996
Recipient: Flinders University
Overview: Perfectionism has linearly increased in youth since 1989. Three out of ten adolescents meet criteria for being perfectionistic e.g., have high but rigid and unrealistic standards accompanied by doubts and self-criticism about performance. In youth, robust associations exist between perfectionism and suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, impaired social connection and disordered eating. Perfectionism is also linked to poorer academic habits and outcomes in education. The current project evaluates the first early intervention approach ever developed to empower parents to minimise current and future negative consequences of perfectionism in their young children to prevent future harmful consequences.