The Achievement, Emotional, and Health Costs of Perfectionism in Children and Adolescents: How Building Resilience to the Pressure to be Perfect Can Reduce Stress and Promote Success and Well-Being
The presentation will provide an overview about what is known about perfectionism and its impact among young people. Key themes that will be addressed include the high prevalence of maladaptive perfectionism in children and adolescents and how perfectionism contributes to negative achievement, emotional, and health outcomes. Research findings from studies of perfectionism in gifted children will also be described. Given the high prevalence and possible destructiveness of perfectionism, it is important to proactively address it in children and adolescents.
The presentation builds on a recent article by Flett and Hewitt (2014) on the prevention of perfectionism in young people by identifying strategies that parents can use to help reduce the vulnerability and promote the resilience of perfectionistic students so that they respond well to pressures to be perfect.
Superkids 2: Learning from the Life Trajectories of Our Most Able Students
The objectives of this project are to begin to trace the life trajectories of a group of adolescents identified in school as students whose intellectual and academic abilities were in the top 1% of their age peers, and who needed significantly advanced and enriched academic placements to match their abilities and exceptional motivation to learn. These highly gifted students were participants in the documentary film Superkids, directed by Harry Killas in 2004. Their stories, as portrayed in the film, were rich provocations for discussions about educational and career decision-making. Because of their ability to articulate their views on what education meant, could and should mean to them, especially in light of issues that all adolescents face, these students raised questions about life span development and education relevant to all students and their families. The inevitable question from individuals who viewed the film was, “What happened to these young people?” This study takes up that question in a preliminary examination of these students’ contemporary lives, again using film.
Dr. Gordon Flett
Director of the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University.
Dr. Marion Porath
Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia
Several distinguished speakers will share their expertise in streams for educators and parents.
The presenters have a vast range of experience, and ABC is delighted to welcome them to the 2016 conference.
Please see the attached Conference Sessions & Speakers for complete information.