It seems your question more generally addresses the problem of identifying good predictors. In this case, you should consider using some kind of penalized regression (methods dealing with variable or feature selection are relevant too), with e.g. L1, L2 (or a combination thereof, the so-called elasticnet) penalties (look for related questions on this site, or the R penalized and elasticnet package, among others).
Now, about correcting p-values for your regression coefficients (or equivalently your partial correlation coefficients) to protect against over-optimism (e.g. with Bonferroni or, better, step-down methods), it seems this would only be relevant if you are considering one model and seek those predictors that contribute a significant part of explained variance, that is if you don't perform model selection (with stepwise selection, or hierarchical testing). This article may be a good start: Bonferroni Adjustments in Tests for Regression Coefficients. Be aware that such correction won't protect you against multicollinearity issue, which affects the reported p-values.
Given your data, I would recommend using some kind of iterative model selection techniques. In R for instance, the
stepAIC function allows to perform stepwise model selection by exact AIC. You can also estimate the relative importance of your predictors based on their contribution to $R^2$ using boostrap (see the relaimpo package). I think that reporting effect size measure or % of explained variance are more informative than p-value, especially in a confirmatory model.
It should be noted that stepwise approaches have also their drawbacks (e.g., Wald tests are not adapted to conditional hypothesis as induced by the stepwise procedure), or as indicated by Frank Harrell on R mailing, "stepwise variable selection based on AIC has all the problems of stepwise variable selection based on P-values. AIC is just a restatement of the P-Value" (but AIC remains useful if the set of predictors is already defined); a related question -- Is a variable significant in a linear regression model? -- raised interesting comments (@Rob, among others) about the use of AIC for variable selection. I append a couple of references at the end (including papers kindly provided by @Stephan); there is also a lot of other references on P.Mean.
Frank Harrell authored a book on Regression Modeling Strategy which includes a lot of discussion and advices around this problem (§4.3, pp. 56-60). He also developed efficient R routines to deal with generalized linear models (See the Design or rms packages). So, I think you definitely have to take a look at it (his handouts are available on his homepage).
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