Perfectionism in School: When Achievement Is Not So Perfect

Perfectionism in School

Kathryn L. Fletcher and Kristie L. Spears Neumeister

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Investigating the complex relationship between perfectionism and academic achievement, advanced students and researchers are introduced to different conceptualizations and measures of perfectionism in the opening chapter. Subsequent chapters of this book then provide an in-depth exploration of factors known to influence perfectionism such as parenting, attachment, and personality, as well as academic outcomes such as motivation, stress, burnout, anxiety, and procrastination. T

he book highlights avenues for future research to extend the exploration of perfectionism and academic achievement. The authors propose a theoretical model for future work on perfectionism and academic achievement and discuss additional areas that, while less well researched, deserve attention for their potential influence on how perfectionism may impact academic achievement.

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Kathryn L. Fletcher

Kathryn L. Fletcher, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at Ball State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology. Her research interests broadly involve the role of parenting and personality on academic achievement, and more specifically, on how perfectionism impacts achievement motivation. On these topics, Dr. Fletcher has published several book chapters and numerous scholarly articles. Dr. Fletcher currently serves as an associate editor for School Psychology Quarterly.

Kristie L. Speirs Neumeister

Kristie L. Speirs Neumeister, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at Ball State University where she directs the gifted licensure program and teaches graduate courses in educational psychology relating to gifted education. Throughout her career she has focused her research on aspects of perfectionism and how perfectionism influences the achievement of academically gifted students. Dr. Speirs Neumeister was the recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Gifted Child Quarterly Paper of the Year and Early Scholar Awards.