Perceived influence of perfectionism on academic self-efficacy of senior high school students in DLSMHSI

Date of Completion


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Grade 12


Academic self-efficacy, adolescents, honor students, perfectionism


Today's adolescents, particularly honor students, face a growing desire for perfection that puts their academic and overall satisfaction at risk. A mixed- methods research was conducted to examine the perceived influences of perfectionism on the academic self-efficacy of honor students in DLSMHSI. Grade 11 and Grade 12 honor students completed a profiling survey based on Frost's Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale. 45.9% or 95 students out of 203 honor students have shown to possess perfectionist personality traits. Three students were randomly chosen from the identified sample of perfectionists for an interview. The perfectionism of the selected honor students was found to generate six (6) self-critical and three (3) goal- oriented behaviors and cognitions that both hindered and helped their achievement of academic self-efficacy, respectively. Self-dissatisfaction and self-fulfillment were revealed to be the perceived influences of perfectionism on one's academic self-efficacy. This study supports the view that perfectionism is multidimensional, encompassing advantages and drawbacks. When perfectionism is utilized to strive for excellence healthily, it can be a tool to achieve success.

First Advisor

Jessica A. Candelaria

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