Fear of Negative Evaluation and Feelings of Inferiority in Predicting Perfectionism

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Başkurt B., ZEREN Ş. G.

Hacettepe Egitim Dergisi, vol.39, no.1, pp.1-10, 2024 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.16986/huje.2024.515
  • Journal Name: Hacettepe Egitim Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-10
  • Keywords: fear of negative evaluation, feelings of inferiority, Perfectionism
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Perfectionism is a personality trait that includes high standards and aims for excellence. The university period is a period in which the individual experiences many changes, gains independence, develops new skills, increases social relations, improves academically and experiences intense emotions, such as adaptation problems, anxiety, mental fatigue and hopelessness. In this study, the aim is to investigate to what extent the fear of negative evaluation and feelings of inferiority experienced by university students during this period predict their perfectionism. A total of 466 students, determined by the cluster sampling method, comprising 246 females and 220 males, participated in the study. The Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale, the Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale, and the Inferiority Feelings Scale were used to collect the data. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to analyze the data. As a result of the study, it is concluded that negative evaluation fears and inferiority feelings predict perfectionism, while feelings of inferiority are a significant predictor of perfectionism and make the most important contribution.