Perfectionism and Chinese gifted learners

Wai Tsz Ricci FONG, Mantak YUEN

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Over the past two decades a wealth of research data on perfectionism has drawn increased attention to the nature and impact of perfectionism on many aspects of student development. Much of the research has explored perfectionism in the gifted student population, but few studies have considered how perfectionism could be perceived differently in students of non-Caucasian descent and how it may have different impacts on their learning, development, and adjustment. In view of the apparent cultural divide in the research literature, and the emphasis on pursuing perfection within Chinese culture, this article reviews studies that do address perfectionism in Chinese gifted students. The aim was to offer a cultural perspective for understanding perfectionism in this population and to locate pertinent information to assist identification, counseling interventions, and future research. Copyright © 2014 The Roeper Institute.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-91
JournalRoeper Review
Issue number2
Early online dateApr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Fong, R. W., & Yuen, M. (2014). Perfectionism and Chinese gifted learners. Roeper Review, 36(2), 81-91. doi: 10.1080/02783193.2014.884202


  • Chinese
  • Cultural diversity
  • Gifted students
  • Perfectionism
  • Social–emotional development


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