International Education Journal

Special Issue: International Perspectives on Giftedness

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Perfectionism and the gifted: A study of an Australian school sample


Michelle Kornblum 
The University of Melbourne, Australia 
Michelle.Kornblum@mh.org.au
 

Mary Ainley 
The University of Melbourne, Australia

 

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Abstract

The quest for perfection has been anecdotally associated with great achievement and despair; with adjustment and maladjustment. No population has more frequently been associated with perfectionism than the gifted. This study was designed to (i) identify the types of perfectionism observed in a sample of Australian school students, and (ii) to examine where gifted students fitted in the profiles of perfectionism. 

Perfectionism, adjustment, psychosocial development, healthy, gifted

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 Kornblum, M. and Ainley, M. (2005) Perfectionism and the gifted: A study of an Australian school sample. International Education Journal, 6(2), 232-239.
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