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Attachment and perfectionism in Korean female college students: A study of distorted body image, eating pathology, depression, and life satisfaction

[Speaker] Shin, Heecheon:1
[Co-author] Eunha, Kim:1
1:Ajou University (Korea(Republic of Korea))

This study examined a) natural grouping of 270 Korean female college students in terms of two dimensions of adult attachment (anxious and avoidant) and two subscales of perfectionism (high standard and discrepancy) and b) compared the groups on distorted body image, eating pathology, depression, and life satisfaction. Four groups (stable attachment-nonperfectionists, stable attachment-adaptive perfectionists, anxious attachment-maladaptive perfectionists, and unstable attachment-negative self-evaluators) emerged from a cluster analysis. Analyses of variances were conducted to examine group difference on measures of body image, eating pathology, depression, and life satisfaction. The results revealed significant differences among the four groups, which highlights the importance of considering attachment and perfectionism to address Korean female college students' psychological well-being. For this poster, we will discuss cultural explanations for the 4-cluster solution (previous studies from the U.S. supported a 3-cluster solution) and implications of group differences for clinical practice and future research.
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