Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; the desire to possess it the most dangerous kind of madness
--Alfred de Musset 1810-1857

Curriculum Vitae

 

Flett, G. L. & Hewitt, P. L. (2002). Perfectionism: Theory, research and treatment. Washington: American Psychological

 

 

Hewitt, P. L., & Flett, G. L. (2004). The Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale: Technical Manual. Toronto: Multihealth Systems Inc.

 

 

Linden, W., & Hewitt, P.L. (2012).  Clinical psychology:  A modern health profession.  Boston: Pearson.

 

 



Journal Articles | Recent Books | Invited Presentations

 

Selected Publications

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Ayearst, L., Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (in press). Where is Multidimensional Perfectionism in DSM-5? A Question posed to the DSM-5 Personality and Personality Disorders Work Group. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

Flett, G.L., Stainton, M., Hewitt, P. L., Sherry, S. B., Lay, C. (in press) Procrastination Automatic Thoughts as a Personality Construct: An Analysis of the Procrastinatory Cognitions Inventory. Journal of Rational and Emotive Cognitive BehaviorTherap

Nepon, T., Flett, G. L., Hewitt, P. L., & Molnar, D. S. (in press). Perfectionism, negative social feedback, and interpersonal rumination in depression and social anxiety. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.

Flett,G.L., Coulter, L., Hewitt, P.L., & Nepon, T. (in press). Perfectionism, rumination, worry and depressive symptoms in early adolescents. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.

Fitzpatrick, S., Sherry, S. B., Hartling, N., Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G. L., & Sherry, D. L. (in press). Narcissism, perfectionism, and interest in cosmetic surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Flett, G. L., Demerjian, A., Hewitt, P. L., & Sherry, S. B. (in press). The Perfectionism Cognitions Inventory: Psychometric properties and association with depression in adolescents. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment .

Hewitt, P. L., Blasberg, J. S., Flett, G. L., Besser, Sherry, S. B., Caelian, C., Papsdorf, M., Cassels, T. G. & Birch, S. (2011). Perfectionistic self-presentation in children and adolescents: Development and validation of the Perfectionistic Self-Presentation Scale—Junior Form. Psychological Assessment, 23, 125-142.

Flett, G.L., Panico, T., & Hewitt, P. L. (2011). Perfectionism, Type A behavior, and self-efficacy in depression and health symptoms among adolescents. Current Psychology, 30,105-116.

Flett, G.L., Baricza, C., Gupta, A., Hewitt, P. L., Endler, N.S. (2011). Perfectionism, Psychosocial Impact, and Coping with Irritable Bowel Disease: A Study of Patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 561-571.

Fitzpatrick, S., Sherry, S., Hartling, N., Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G. L., & Sherry, D. (2011). Narcissism, perfectionism, and interest incosmetic surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 127, 176-177.

Hewitt, P.L., & Flett, G. L. (2010). Perfectionism. In I. Weiner & E. Craighead (Eds). Corsini’s Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th Edition). New York: Wiley & Sons.

Randles, D., Nash, K.A., McGregor, I.D. & Hewitt, P.L. (2010). Dimensions of perfectionism, behavioral inhibition, and rumination. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 83-87.

Besser, A., Flett, G.L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2010). Perfectionistic Self-Presentation and Trait Perfectionism in Social Problem-Solving Ability and Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2010, 40, 2123–2156.

Flett, G. L. & Hewitt, P. L. (2009).  Perfectionism and depression from a contemporary and historical perspective (pp 425-428).  In R. Ingram (Ed.).  International Encyclopedia of Depression.  New York: Springer Publishing Company

Sherry, S.B., Vriend, J.L., Hewitt, P.L., Sherry, D.L., Flett, G.L., & Wardrop, A.A. (2009).  Perfectionism dimensions, appearance schemas, and body image disturbance in community members and university students.  Body Image, 6, 83-89.

Hewitt, P. L., Habke, A. M., Lee-Baggley, D. L., Sherry, S. B., Flett, G. L. (2008). The impact of perfectionistic self-presentation on the cognitive, affective, and physiological experience of a clinical interview. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 71, 93- 122.

Hewitt, P.L., & Flett, G. L. (2007). When does conscientiousness become perfectionism?. Current Psychiatry, 6, 53-64.

Sherry, S.B., Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G. L., & Lee-Baggley (2007). Perfectionism and undergoing cosmetic surgery. European Journal of Plastic Surgery, 29, 349-354.

Flett, G.L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2006).  Positive versus negative aspects of perfectionism in psychopathology: A comment on Slade and Owen’s dual process model. Behavior Modification, 30, 11-24.

Hewitt, P.L., Flett, G.L., Sherry, S.B., & Caelian, C. (2006).  Trait perfectionism and suicide behavior.  In Ellis, T. (Ed.), Cognition and suicide: Theory, research, and practice.  Washington: APA.

McGee, B.J., Hewitt, P.L., Sherry, S.B., Parkin, M., & Flett, G.L. (2005). Perfectionistic self-presentation, body image, and eating disorder symptoms. Body Image, 2(1), 29-40.

Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2005).  The perils of perfectionism in sports and exercise.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 14-18.

Besser, A., Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2004).  Perfectionism, cognition, and affect in response to performance failure versus success.  Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 22, 301-328.

Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2004).  The cognitive and treatment aspects of perfectionism:  Introduction to the special issue.  Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 22, 233-240.

Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G. L., Sherry, S. B., Habke, M., Parkin, M., Lam, R. W., et al.  (2003).  The interpersonal expression of perfectionism:  Perfectionistic self-presentation and psychological distress. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 1303-1325.

Sherry, S. B., Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G. L., & Harvey, M. (2003). Perfectionism Dimensions, Perfectionistic Dysfunctional Attitudes, Need for Approval, and Depression Symptoms in Adult Psychiatric Patients and Young Adults.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50,  373-386.

Hewitt, P. L., Sherry, S. B., Flett, G. L., & Shick, R. (2003).  Perfectionism and cosmetic surgery.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 112(1), 346. 

Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G L., Besser, A., Sherry, S. B., & McGee, B. (2003). Perfectionism Is Multidimensional:  A Reply to Shafran, Cooper, and Fairburn (2002).  Behaviour Research and Therapy ,41, 1221-1236.

Flett, G.L., Besser, A., Davis, R.A., Hewitt, P. L. (2003).  Dimensions of perfectionism, unconditional self-acceptance, and depression.  Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 21, 119-1338.

Haring, M., Hewitt, P. L., & Flett, G. L. (2003).  Perfectionism, coping, and quality of intimate relationships.  Journal of Marriage and the Family , 65, 143-158.

Sherry, S. B., Hewitt, P. L., Besser, A., McGee, B. J., & Flett, G. L. (2003).  Self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism in the Eating Disorder Inventory perfectionism subscale. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 35, 69-79.

Flett, G. L., Besser, A., Davis, R. A., & Hewitt, P. L. (2003). Book Review: Perfectionism: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Canadian Psychology/ Psychologie Canadienne, 44(2), 177-179.

Selected Presentations (back to top)

 

Hewitt, P. L. (2011, July). Perfectioinism and Suicide: The Perfectionism Social Disconnection Model. Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Annual Conference. London, England.

Hewitt, P. L. (2011, Nov.). Interpersonal Components of Perfectionism and Suicide: Testing the Perfectionism Social Disconnection Model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), San Fransisco, CA, U.S.A.

Hewitt, P. L., (2011, June). Interpersonal Components of Perfectionism and Depression Severity: Testing the Perfectionism Social Disconnection Model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Ont. Canada.

Hewitt, P. L. (2008). Perfectionistic self presentation and psychological treatment. Invited presentation at the International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany. Hewitt, P. L. (2007). The impact of concealing imperfections on treatment issues. Invited presentation at the American Psychological Association, San Fransisco.

Hewitt, P. L. (2005). Perfectionism: Assessment and Treatment. Invited Full Day Workshop for the Southdown Institute, Toronto.

Hewitt, P. L. (2005). Perfectionism and suicide behaviour in children and adolescents. Invited presentation at the International Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Halle, Germany.

Hewitt, P. L. (2005). Perfectionism and the Pursuit of Athletic Excellence. Invited Keynote Address for the American Association for the Advancement of Sport Psychology, Vancouver.

Hewitt, P. L. & Flett, G. L. (2001). Perfectionism, interpersonal problems, and depression in psychodynamic/interpersonal group treatment: The UBC Interpersonal Treatment for Perfectionism Project I. In V. Whiffen (chair), Interpersonal processes to the study of depression. Symposium conducted at the Canadian Psychological Association Meeting, Quebec.

Hewitt, P.L., Flynn, C.A., Habke, M., & Flett, G.L. (2000). Perfectionism and its influence on the clinical enterprise. In Bieling, P.J. (chair), Perfectionism and psychopathology: Linking personality and dysfunctional behaviour. Symposium presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, New Orleans, LS.

Hewitt, P. L., & Flett, G. L. (2000). Treatment of depression vulnerability. In D. Dozois (Chair), Depression research in the new millennium. Symposium conducted at the Canadian Psychological Association Meeting, Ottawa.

Flett, G.L. & Hewitt, P. L. (2000). Perfectionism and coping with the transition to parenthood. In L. R. Burns (Chair), It’s not quite ready yet… it’s not perfect: Current research on procrastination and perfectionism. Symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Hewitt, P. L., Habke, M., Flynn, C., & Flett, G. L. (2000). Perfectionism in the clinical enterprise. In P. Bieling (Chair), Perfectionism and psychopathology: Linking personality and dysfunctional behaviour. Symposium conducted at Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans.

Hewitt, P. L., Flett, G. L. (2000). Perfectionism in suicide. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. Vancouver.

Flynn, C.A. & Hewitt, P. L. (2000). Perfectionism and interpersonal facets of group therapy process. In Mikail, S. (Chair), Interpersonal process in group psychotherapy. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, Vancouver.

Paul L. Hewitt, Ph.D, R. Psych.
Professor of Psychology
University of British Columbia

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