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International Journal of Education and Practice

April 2018, Volume 6, 4, pp 192-199

The Influence of Perfectionism on Academic Self-Concept

Michael A. DeDonno


Karla Rivera-Torres

Michael A. DeDonno 1

Karla Rivera-Torres 2

  1. Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. College of Education, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. 33431, USA 1

  2. Doctoral student Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, 290 Charles E Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90095,USA 2

Pages: 192-199

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61.2018.64.192.199

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Article History:

Received: 07 May, 2018
Revised: 19 July, 2018
Accepted: 29 August, 2018
Published: 08 October, 2018


In today’s academic environment, there is a tenacious effort to better educate our children. Unfortunately, federal and local budget constraints often limit our ability to create highly effective learning environments. As educators, it becomes our task to identify cost effective activities that will have a positive impact on our student’s education. A child’s academic self-concept is an important factor to academic success. Further, the rating of performance and desire for perfection are activities found in most every academic situation. The purpose of the present study was to explore the influence of perfectionism on academic self-concept. From a sample of one hundred and thirty five college students, the present study found evidence that a student’s academic self-concept is positively influenced by high personal standards, being organized, and low self-doubt. Educators could consider incorporating cost effective activities known to influence organization skills, personal standards, and self-doubt into education curriculum.
Contribution/ Originality
The present study contributes to existing literature related to college students’ academic self-concept. The study provides evidence of factors that may impact academic self-concept. Educators should consider these factors when developing curriculum designed to optimize student performance.


Perfectionism, Academic self-concept, Academic achievement, Self-concept, Self-doubt




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This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


Both authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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