Title

A religiously oriented group counseling intervention for self defeating perfectionism: A pilot study

Keywords

religiously oriented group counseling intervention, self defeating perfectionism, religiously devout college students, group counseling, perfectionism, religious beliefs, self-defeating behavior

Abstract

Describes a religiously oriented group treatment approach developed for the treatment of self-defeating perfectionism in 15 religiously devout university students. The approach employed religious imagery, relaxation exercises, religious bibliotherapy exercises, and discussions about religious concepts of perfection. The outcome measures were the Beck Depression Inventory, the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventories, the Burns Perfectionism Scale (D. D. Burns, 1980), and C. W. Ellison's (1983) Spiritual Well-Being Scale. During the course of the intervention, Ss became less perfectionistic and depressed. Their sense of self-esteem and their feelings of existential well-being (i.e., sense of life meaning and direction) became more positive.

Original Publication Citation

Richards, P.S., Owen. L., & Stein, S. (1993). A religiously-oriented group counseling intervention for self-defeating perfectionism: A pilot study. Counseling and Values, 37, 96-104.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1993-1

Publisher

Counseling and Values

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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