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Sana Fatima
Aqsa Shams
Sadia Saleem
Sayyeda Taskeen Zahra


Objective: To find out the mediating role of perceived social support between perfectionism and self-harm in medical and nursing students.

Methodology: This Cross-sectional research design using questionnaires was conducted in the government and private medical universities of Pakistan (Lahore). The total 250 number of participants were chosen by using multi-stage sampling techniques, in which two strata were made, MBBS (145) and nursing students (105). The participants belonged to private and government sector with the age range 18-25 years. There are different char­acteristics of students that, these students had sense of responsibility, compassionate with their work and they are truthfulness to commitments. To determine the association, Perfectionistic Tendencies Scale (PTS), Multidi­mensional Perceived Social Support (MDSPSS) and Self-harm Tendencies Scales (SHTS) were used respectively. Statistical results of this research were analysed by using SPSS.

Results. The findings highlighted that there was a significant positive association between perfectionism and self-harm tendencies (r=.171, p=.05) in students. Respectively, mediation analysis showed that perceived social support is significantly mediated between perfectionism and self-harm tendencies in students (B = .21, SE = .08, p< .001)

Conclusion: Perceived social support act as significant shield for perfectionists to prevent from self-harm and mental health issues.

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Fatima S, Shams A, Saleem S, Sayyeda Taskeen Zahra. A STUDY OF PERFECTIONISM AND SELF-HARM IN MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS: THE MEDIATING ROLE OF PERCEIVED SOCIAL SUPPORT. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2023 May 22 [cited 2023 Jun. 7];37(2):125-9. Available from: https://jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/3145
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