Investigating the link between procrastination, Big Three perfectionism and psychological vulnerability in academic staff

ELEMO A. S., Dule A.

Personality and Individual Differences, vol.213, 2023 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 213
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2023.112286
  • Journal Name: Personality and Individual Differences
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, PASCAL, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, Communication Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Index Islamicus, Psycinfo, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: Academic procrastination, Big Three perfectionism, Psychological vulnerability
  • Istanbul Gelisim University Affiliated: Yes


This study examined the link between procrastination, psychological vulnerability, and the Big Three perfectionism (rigid, self-critical, and narcissistic perfectionism). A cross-sectional research design was used to collect data from 141 academic staff members working in Ethiopia's public universities. The results of the correlation analysis indicated that all three dimensions of perfectionism (Rigid, self-critical, and narcissistic) were positively and significantly associated to psychological vulnerability. Likewise, procrastination was positively and significantly correlated to psychological vulnerability. Hierarchical regression analyses also demonstrated that procrastination is a potential risk factor that predicted psychological vulnerability in Ethiopian academic staff. The outcomes of this study may offer crucial information to mental health practitioners for creating psychological intervention programs aimed at minimizing the habits of procrastination and the effects of perfectionism, and protecting the wellbeing of academic personnel against psychological vulnerabilities.