Anxiety mediates the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and insomnia disorder

AKRAM, Umair, ELLIS, Jason G., MYACHYKOV, Andriy, CHAPMAN, Ashley J. and BARCLAY, Nicola L. (2016). Anxiety mediates the relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and insomnia disorder. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, 82-86.

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Individuals with insomnia often report aspects of perfectionism alongside symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, there has been limited examination of these factors together. The current study investigated whether individuals with insomnia report increased perfectionism compared to normal-sleepers. Further, the mediating role of anxiety and depression was examined. Participants were 39 individuals with DSM-5 defined Insomnia Disorder, and 39 normal-sleepers, who completed two measures of multidimensional perfectionism and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Results demonstrated that, compared to normal-sleepers, individuals with insomnia display increased perfectionistic traits of: concern over mistakes, doubts about action, and parental criticism. In addition, these differences were partiality mediated by symptoms of anxiety, but not depression. Our findings highlight the significance of treating symptoms of anxiety with the prospect of alleviating negative thoughts concerning one's mistakes, doubts about action, and perception of parental criticism, which may contribute to insomnia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety; Depression; Insomnia; Perfectionism; Personality; Sleep
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
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Page Range: 82-86
Depositing User: Umair Akram
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:53

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