Behavioral Activation and Behavioral Inhibition Predict Perfectionism
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 4, August 2017, Pages: 59-64
Received: Jun. 2, 2017; Accepted: Jun. 27, 2017; Published: Jul. 24, 2017
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Charles Palmer Mautz, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA
Robert Wallace Hill, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA
Timothy J. Hueslman, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA
Doris G. Bazzini, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University, Boone, USA
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This investigation assessed of the ability of Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST), comprising the Behavioral Activation System (BAS), and Behavioral Inhibition System (BIS) to predict perfectionism. A total of 508 community participants were acquired using MTurk and completed measures of personal standards and self-evaluative perfectionism, as well as BIS and BAS. Regression analyses revealed that BAS sensitivity successfully predicted personal standards perfectionism (and to a lesser extent self-evaluative perfectionism), while BIS sensitivity successfully predicted self-evaluative perfectionism (and to a lesser extent personal standards perfectionism). BAS and BIS were robust predictors in their respective regression models, suggesting that these important perfectionism factors are successfully and jointly predicted by the BAS/BIS pre-dispositional motivation constructs.
Perfectionism, Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory, Behavioral Activation System, BAS, Behavioral Inhibition System, BIS
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Charles Palmer Mautz, Robert Wallace Hill, Timothy J. Hueslman, Doris G. Bazzini, Behavioral Activation and Behavioral Inhibition Predict Perfectionism, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2017, pp. 59-64. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20170604.13
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