Objective: To investigate the
relationships between daily hassles, perfectionism, and the
experience of chronic headache among university students.
Background: Headaches are very common among
university students. It has been found that a higher number of
hassles reported by students is associated with an increase in
headache activity. It has also been suggested that individuals
higher in perfectionism appraise more situations as hassles, and
that this dispositional characteristic may constitute a risk
factor for the experience of chronic headaches.
Methods: A total of 291 university students
completed three questionnaires: (1) the Headache Assessment
Questionnaire that was utilized to obtain information on headache
occurrence and its features; (2) the Brief College Student Hassles
Scale, and (3) the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale.
Conclusion: The present study indicates that there
is a relationship between perfectionism and chronic headache in
university students, with those higher in perfectionism
experiencing more frequent headaches. This investigation
confirmed the relationship between daily hassles and chronic
headache in this population. The results also suggest that
perfectionists may generate their own stress through their
tendency to appraise more situations as hassles. This, in turn,
may explain their tendency to experience chronic headaches.