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Perfectionistic self-presentation and emotional experiences in music students: A three-wave longitudinal study

Hill, Andrew P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6370-8901, Burland, Karen, King, Elaine C. and Pitts, Stephanie E. (2019) Perfectionistic self-presentation and emotional experiences in music students: A three-wave longitudinal study. Psychology of Music.

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Abstract

Research has found perfectionism predicts emotional experiences among amateur, professional, and adolescent musicians. In examining these relationships, previous research has measured trait perfectionism and employed cross-sectional designs. The current study builds on existing research by examining whether perfectionistic self-presentation (as 5 opposed to trait perfectionism) predicts negative and positive emotional experiences in music students over time. One hundred and forty-three music students (M age 18.92 years, SD = 7 2.96) enrolled in music-related degree programmes completed measures of perfectionistic self-presentation (perfectionistic self-promotion, nondisplay of imperfection, and nondisclosure of imperfection) and emotional experiences (positive and negative feelings) at the start, middle, and the end of the academic year. Path analysis revealed that perfectionistic self-promotion at the start of the year predicted lower positive feelings in the middle of the year, and nondisclosure of imperfection in the middle of the year predicted lower positive 13 feelings at the end of the year. In addition, negative feelings in the middle of the year also predicted higher nondisclosure of imperfection at the end of the year. The findings suggest that the desire to present oneself perfectly and avoid disclosure of imperfections may contribute to less positive emotional experiences among music students.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Hill, Andrew P., Burland, Karen, King, Elaine C. and Pitts, Stephanie E. (2018) Perfectionistic self-presentation and emotional experiences in music students: A three-wave longitudinal study. Psychology of Music Copyright © [2019]. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735618824155
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3736

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