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The Perils of Perfectionism: How Can Schools and Families Respond

Research shows that perfectionistic characteristics are on the rise among young people, feeding into a range of mental health and wellbeing difficulties, and leading to reduced motivation and performance in the longer term. The good news is that schools and families can make a difference; by supporting young people to develop “perfectionism literacy” and striving to avoid the creation of “perfectionistic environments” at home and in school. NACE CEO, Rob Lightfoot, will share an overview of current research in the field and practical strategies to help schools and families respond.

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