Title

Imposter Syndrome Among First- and Continuing-Generation College Students: The Roles of Perfectionism and Stress

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2021

School

Child and Family Studies

Abstract

More research is needed to understand the relationships between imposter syndrome, perfection, and stress, as well as how they might be similar or different among first- and continuing-generation college students. This research study examines the relationships among imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and stress among first- and continuing-generation college students. Participants included 388 college students, including 184 (47.4%) first-generation students. Results indicate levels of imposter syndrome and stress are similar between first- and continuing-generation students. Levels of socially prescribed perfectionism are significantly correlated with imposter syndrome and stress for both groups; however, imposter syndrome is more strongly associated with stress among first-generation students. Implications for college student mental health and retention are discussed.

Publication Title

Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice

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