The mediating effect of goal orientation in the relationship between perfectionism and active-passive procrastination

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MinSik Choi
TaeYong Yoo


The purpose of this study was to examine the mediating effect of goal orientation in the relationship between employee’s perfectionism and active-passive procrastination. Data were collected from 227 Korean employees who were working in various organization. First, the results indicated that there were significantly positive relationship between personal-standards perfectionism and learning goal orientation, and significantly negative relationship between personal-standards perfectionism and avoiding goal orientation. On the other hand, there were negative relationship between evaluative concerns perfectionism and learning goal orientation, and positive relationship between evaluative concerns perfectionism and avoiding goal orientation. Second, the learning goal orientation positively related with active procrastination and negatively related with passive procrastination. On the other hand, the avoiding goal orientation positively related with passive procrastination and negatively related with active procrastination. Third, there were full mediating effects of avoiding goal orientation in the relationship between perfectionism and active-passive procrastination. Based on the results, we discussed the implications and limitations of the study, and the directions for the future research.


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Choi, M., & Yoo, T. (2017). The mediating effect of goal orientation in the relationship between perfectionism and active-passive procrastination. Korean Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 30(2), 195–219.
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