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Research project subtitle Adaptation of the PreVenture program for individuals with a perfectionist personality trait

Principal investigator

Research project summary

Our team developed the PreVenture program which has been shown to be associated with a reduction in alcohol use among youth. The objective of the current research is to evaluate the specific effects of the PreVenture intervention among adolescents and young adults who present with a perfectionist personality trait. The effectiveness of the PreVenture program has yet to be studied among individuals presenting with a perfectionist personality trait. 
To carry out this research project, we plan to recruit 30 participants, men and women, who displays a perfectionist personality trait, aged 13 to 17 years. Recruitment will be done to the general public (i.e., gyms, dance studios, etc.). 

Who can participate?

  • 13-17, identify themselves as perfectionists.

Who can not participate?

  • May not have an active eating disorder.

What should they expect in terms of process and engagement?

The approach is based on a clinical therapeutic model where the focus is on the personality, the management of sensations / actions and the achievement of personal goals as a motivational agent. The goal is not to label or stigmatize individuals, nor is it to produce a discussion focused on substance abuse;
*** 1 full workshop lasts 3 hours and is split in two 1.5 hour sessions, delivered at a one week interval.

Why participate?

According to the results of previous studies, 86% of the young people who are invited to the workshop participate and evaluate their experience favorably. Three randomized control trials have shown that the PreVenture program is associated with a 30-80% reduction in alcohol use among youth, which can last up to two years after the workshop. www.conrodventurelab.com The objective of this study is to test the specific effects of the PreVenture intervention in subjects with a perfectionist personality trait. This profile corresponds to a new personality trait for which the effects of PreVenture have not yet been studied.

You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the progress of research on the prevention of eating disorders.

Risks and inconvenients

There is no negative consequences in participating in the qualitative interview, apart from the inconvenience associated with traveling to the CHU Sainte-Justine for the meeting and the time required to complete this meeting. In the event that the participant presents a distress following the interview, a risk management plan is in place (see "Procedures in cases of medical emergency").

Since 1999, participation in the Preventure qualitative interview has not identified any health risks or harmful side effects. Participation in the qualitative interview is entirely voluntary. Anyone should refrain from answering any question that could cause him or her any discomfort. In addition, anyone is free to withdraw from the study at any point.

More detailed description of the research project

The Preventure program is one of the best practices in prevention adopted by the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse. The Preventure program aims to motivate teens and young adults to understand how their personality type leads them to certain emotional and behavioral responses and to develop skills to better focus their strengths and weaknesses toward their long-term goals.

At the beginning of the project, all participants who agree to participate in the project will be invited to attend a Preventure workshop, delivered via a videoconferencing platform, in adherence with public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation will involve 3 stages over a period of 4 months. The questionnaires can also be completed online from the participant's home. In this case, a member of the research team will assist the participant with the connection process for the online questionnaire platform.

  • 1st Stage : Interview and discussion with a member of our team, then the completion of the questionnaires (duration 1h30).
  • 2nd Stage : Workshop on the perfectionist personality in group or alone and complete a brief anonymous feedback questionnaire (duration 3h, split in to two 1.5 hour sessions)
  • 3rd Stage : Completion of the questionnaires (duration 30 minutes)

Project team

  • Lila Amirali, MD
    Department of pedopsychiatry
    CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Gail McVey, PhD
    CPsych, UNH
    Toronto General Hospital Research Institute


  • Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders

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