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Perfect Imperfections: Locus of Control, Perfectionism, and Postpartum Depression

Jackman, LC, Thorsteinsson, EB and McNeil, Dominic 2017, Perfect Imperfections: Locus of Control, Perfectionism, and Postpartum Depression, SAGE Open, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1177/2158244017710689.

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Title Perfect Imperfections: Locus of Control, Perfectionism, and Postpartum Depression
Author(s) Jackman, LC
Thorsteinsson, EB
McNeil, DominicORCID iD for McNeil, Dominic orcid.org/0000-0002-6175-336X
Journal name SAGE Open
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publication date 2017-06-03
ISSN 2158-2440
Keyword(s) perfectionism
locus of control
postpartum depression
socially prescribed
self-orientated
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences - Other Topics
POSTNATAL DEPRESSION
DIMENSIONS
DISORDERS
SELF
Summary We examined whether locus of control (LOC) moderates the apparent relationship between perfectionism and postpartum depression (PPD). It was predicted that external LOC would moderate the relationship between self-oriented perfectionism and PPD, and socially prescribed perfectionism and PPD. A sample of 243 women completed an online self-report questionnaire assessing perfectionism, LOC, and PPD. Self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism were significantly associated with PPD. Increased personal loci of control (i.e., low external LOC and high internal LOC) moderated (strengthened) the relationship between perfectionism and PPD. LOC may be an important concept and one of the underlying factors at work in the perfectionism–PPD relationship. This outcome may be attributed to the self-directed nature of self-oriented perfectionists.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2158244017710689
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Field of Research 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
1608 Sociology
1699 Other Studies in Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Author(s)
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30137518

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