The influence of race, parental educational attainment, self-construal, and perfectionism on college student distress
Farquharson, Wilfred Henry, IV
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The mental health of collegians in American is vital to their success during the college experience. The current study examines whether the psychological distress of college students is affected by race, perfectionism, self-construal, and parental educational status. A sample of 294 undergraduate students participated in paper and online versions of the study; with the majority being White, Black, Latino/a, and Asian American students. Analysis yielded significant results including the positive relationship between interdependence and maladaptive perfectionism with psychological distress. Black and Latino/a American students were found to be more independent and more likely to be first-generation college students compared to White American students. The results, clinical implications, research implications and areas needing further research are discussed.