Brescia Psychology Undergraduate Honours Theses

Date of Award

Fall 4-15-2020




Dr. John Mitchell


This study investigated whether students who scored high in Perfectionistic Concerns (i.e., unhealthy perfectionists) would have higher Imposter Phenomenon and stress scores, as well as lower self-efficacy, belonging, and social acceptance scores. Additionally, the study sought to clarify how the two dimensions of perfectionism, Concerns and Strivings, are associated with the Imposter Phenomenon. The sample consisted of 48 female undergraduate students at a university in London, Ontario. A Pearson correlation analysis revealed a significant positive correlation between Perfectionistic Concerns and the Imposter Phenomenon. A significant positive correlation was also found between stress and the Imposter Phenomenon. Additionally, a significant negative correlation was found between university belonging and the Imposter Phenomenon. Furthermore, a significant positive correlation was found between Perfectionistic Concerns and Perfectionistic Strivings. Together, these findings suggest that stress, Perfectionistic Concerns, and a sense of university belonging may affect the extent to which students experience imposter-related characteristics.