Neuroticism and perfectionism as predictors of social anxiety

Research paper by Jennifer Newby, Victoria A. Pitura, Alexander M. Penney, Rupert G. Klein, Gordon L. Flett, Paul L. Hewitt

Indexed on: 04 Nov '16Published on: 02 Nov '16Published in: Personality and Individual Differences


Prior research has demonstrated relationships between neuroticism, perfectionism, and social anxiety. This study examined whether trait perfectionism (particularly socially prescribed perfectionism [SPP]) and perfectionistic self-presentation predicted social interaction and evaluation anxiety while controlling for neuroticism. It also explored which neuroticism facets uniquely predicted social anxiety. Participants (N = 271) completed self-report measures assessing: social anxiety, trait perfectionism, perfectionistic self-presentation, and neuroticism.