Perfectionism can become evident at a very young age. Preschoolers and young children with perfectionistic tendencies can be reluctant to do paintings or draw pictures for fear of it not looking good. In primary school, children who are perfectionistic can show reluctance to write stories. It is usually easier for them to complete tasks where there is a clear right or wrong answer, such as maths or spelling words.
Perfectionism can present differently in different children. Some children will keep trying new tasks and skills relentlessly until they can perform them perfectly. Others become frustrated easily when they do not perform a task perfectly and may give up quickly and end up not trying the task again.
If you would like information about our treatment for perfectionism in children or to book an appointment with one of our child clinical psychologists who provides treatment for these difficulties please email or call the clinic on 02 9438 2511.