Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology


Counseling Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (x, 117 pages) : illustrations (some color), color map

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Alex L. Pieterse

Committee Members

Alex L. Pieterse, Matthew J. Miller, Sally M. Hage


Acculturative Stress, Asian International Students, Depression, Mediation, Perceived Social Support, Perfectionism, Perfectionism (Personality trait), Depression, Mental, Students, Foreign, Asian students

Subject Categories

Counseling Psychology


This study investigates how maladaptive perfectionism relates to depression among Asian international students by examining the mediating effects of acculturative stress and perceived social support. Given the recent emphasis on assessing situation-specific stress (Dunkley, Zuroff, & Blankstein, 2003) and examining the generalizability of the stress-mediation hypothesis (Hewitt & Flett, 2002; Hewitt, Flett, & Ediger, 1996) and the social disconnection model (Hewitt, Flett, Sherry, & Caelian, 2006), both direct and indirect relationships were hypothesized among the four constructs of interest, i.e., maladaptive perfectionism, acculturative stress, perceived social support, and depression. Specifically, this study tested acculturative stress and perceived social support as mediators of the relation between maladaptive perfectionism, defined as a tendency to set rigidly high standards and to be displeased with anything less, and depression. It was hypothesized that depressed individuals who have maladaptive perfectionism could be explained partly by their acculturative stress and perceived social support.