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Table 3 Mean scores and standard deviations on each of the six dimensions of perfectionism, by population and overall

From: The big five personality traits, perfectionism and their association with mental health among UK students on professional degree programmes

  Population
Veterinary
N = 714
Medical
N = 208
Pharmacy
N = 133
Dentistry
N = 145
Law
N = 216
Overall
N = 1416
Mean (SD)
95% CI
Mean (SD)
95% CI
Mean (SD)
95% CI
Mean (SD)
95% CI
Mean (SD)
95% CI
Mean (SD)
95% CI
Parental Expectations 13.78 (4.49)*
13.45–14.11
14.29 (4.89)
13.62–14.92
15.73 (4.93)*
14.88–16.57
14.72 (4.58)
13.96–15.47
14.73 (4.89)
14.07–15.38
14.28 (4.70)
14.03–14.52
Parental Criticism 8.38 (3.37)*
8.13–8.62
8.88 (3.51)
8.40–9.36
9.92 (3.67)*
9.29–10.55
8.63 (3.47)
8.07–9.20
9.08 (3.83)
8.56–9.60
8.73 (3.54)
8.55–8.91
Organisation 21.33 (5.21)*
20.95–21.71
21.99 (4.77)
21.33–22.64
22.60 (4.60)
21.81–23.39
22.88 (4.96)*
22.06–23.69
21.64 (5.20)
20.94–22.34
21.75 (5.09)
21.49–22.02
Personal Standards 24.99 (4.87)
24.64–25.35
25.09 (4.89)
24.42–25.75
25.28 (5.06)
24.41–26.15
25.42 (4.80)
24.63–26.21
25.64 (4.58)
25.27–26.50
25.21 (4.84)
24.96–25.47
Concern over Mistakes 25.05 (7.52)*
24.50–25.60
24.94 (7.72)‡
23.89–26.00
26.82 (7.78)
25.49–28.15
24.73 (7.27)
23.54–25.92
27.12 (7.65)*‡
26.09–28.15
25.48 (7.61)
25.09–25.88
Doubts about Actions 11.82 (3.40)
11.58–12.07
11.50 (3.23)
11.06–11.94
12.20 (3.24)
11.65–12.76
11.54 (3.08)
11.04–12.05
11.92 (3.52)
11.44–12.39
11.80 (3.35)
11.62–11.97
Overall MPS Scores 84.02 (17.61)*
82.73–85.32
84.70 (17.80)
82.27–87.14
89.95 (18.45)*
86.78–93.11
85.05 (16.55)
82.33–87.76
88.73 (17.33)
86.41–91.06
85.50 (17.68)
84.58–86.42
  1. Scores marked with *, †, and ‡ represent significantly different pairwise comparisons