The dimensions of perfectionism

Perfectionism is a major diagnostic criterion for one DSM-III diagnosis, and it has been hypothesized to play a major role in a wide variety of psychopathologies

Randy O. Frost

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • Perfectionism is a major diagnostic criterion for one DSM-III diagnosis, and it has been hypothesized to play a major role in a wide variety of psychopathologies
  • Based on what has been theorized about perfectionism, a multidimensional measure was developed and several hypotheses regarding the nature of perfectionism were tested in four separate studies
  • Perfectionism and certain of its subscales were correlated with a wide variety of psychopathological symptoms
  • Two other existing measures were only moderately correlated with the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale and with each other
  • Future studies of perfectionism should take into account the multidimensional nature of the construct

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