The master's thesis covers the fields of perfectionism, parenting styles and self-esteem among youth emerging adulthood. The purpose of the first pages of the theoretical part is to illustrate the period young people go through during their transition to adulthood in which the characteristics and tasks of individuals and the role of their parents are highlighted. Furthermore, the theoretical part includes an overview of perfectionism, which covers the issue of the definition of perfectionism in terms of its one- or multidimentionality. Moreover, the important factors in developing perfectionistic personality traits are also presented. In addition, the theoretical part considers parenting and upbringing styles, parental dimensions and the role of the primary family in the development of perfectionism. This is followed by a review of self-image, its theoretical background, the distinctions and similarities between self-image and self-esteem as well as the relationship between self-image and perfectionism.
The results of the study are presented in the empirical part. The purpose of the study was to explore the correlation between perfectionism, self-image and parenting styles as well as to examine whether there are any gender differences regarding perfectionism and parenting styles. We were also interested in age differences in relation to participants' self-esteem levels. The study included 169 participants, aged between 17 and 33 years, of which 28 were male and 141 female. The results indicated that maladaptive perfectionism among youth emerging adulthood is correlated with more authoritorian and less authoritative parenting style during childhood. The results also showed correlation between maladaptive perfectionism and self-esteem: the stronger the expression of a person's maladaptive perfectionism, the lower their self-esteem. The age difference among youth emerging adulthood revealed that younger people emerging adulthood have lower self-esteem than older. Furthermore, there are no gender differences in maladaptive and adaptive perfectionism and parenting styles. No statistically significant correlation was found between parenting styles and self-esteem, adaptive perfectionism and self-esteem nor between parenting styles and adaptive perfectionism.