Perfectionist Behavior and Expressions of Perfectionism in Drawings of Kindergarteners

Başak R.

New Educational Review, vol.46, no.4, pp.233-244, 2016 (Scopus)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.15804/2016.46.4.20
  • Journal Name: New Educational Review
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.233-244
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Results based on two consecutive qualitative studies are documented in this
paper. The first study focused on perfectionist characteristics in drawings of fifth
graders. The second study was designed based on the findings from the earlier
study, but it focused on drawings of kindergarteners at this time. Children’s
drawings were analyzed to see meaningful connections between their behavio-
ral perfectionism scores and their drawing characteristics. Findings were partly
consistent with the literature and revealed that perfectionist behavior may have
meaningful expressions in the art-making process and in artworks. Working
on specific details meticulously, focusing on time-consuming details, not being
able to see the whole, spending too much time on certain parts, and starting
from details, were described as perfectionism-related characteristics. As an
emerging characteristic, self-doubt, a lesser degree of determination, assurance
and boldness in drawings are positively correlated with perfectionism. Subjects’
age group may be a significant factor to study perfectionism, and lower grade
levels may not be suitable to study perfectionism through drawings because of
their artistic developmental levels.