Relationship between Academic Perfectionism and Depression: Role of Self Concealment among Students
Keywords:academic perfectionism, depression, self-concealment, depression, mediation
The mediational role of self-concealment in relationship with
Academic Perfectionism and Depression is explored in the present study.
A sample of students (N=200) was taken from various departments of the
University of Sargodha using a purposive sampling technique. Self-
concealment, academic perfectionism and depression were measured by
using Urdu translated Self-Concealment Scale (SCS; Malik & Ghayas,
2014) Academic Perfectionism Scale (APS; Malik & Ghayas, 2014) and
Urdu translated depression subscale of DASS (Farooqi & Habib, 2010)
respectively. Results indicated the academic perfectionism as a
significant positive predictor of self-concealment and depression.
Furthermore, data analysis revealed that self-concealment was a
significant positive predictor of depression among university students.
The results of this study also indicated that self-concealment also plays
the role of a mediator in the relationship between perfectionism and
depression. Non-significant gender differences were found in depression
among university students. Moreover, the current study yielded that the
level of self-concealment was higher among males than females, whereas
the level of academic perfectionism was higher among females as
compared to males.