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The role of personal standards in clinically significant perfectionism: A person-oriented approach to the study of patterns of perfectionism
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Box 213, 221 00, Lund.
H. M. Queen Sophia University College of Nursing, Stockholm.
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Box 213, 221 00, Lund.
2008 (English)In: Cognitive Therapy and Research, ISSN 0147-5916, E-ISSN 1573-2819, ISSN 0147-5916, Vol. 32, no 3, 333-350 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Clinically significant perfectionism is defined as patterns of perfectionism which are over-represented in clinical samples and under-represented in non-clinical samples. The present study contrasted two hypotheses about what characterizes clinically significant perfectionism: the two-factor theory and perfectionism/acceptance theory. First, a person-oriented approach by means of cluster analysis was used to identify typical patterns of perfectionism. These clusters were then cross-tabulated with two clinical samples (patients with social phobia and patients with panic disorder) and a non-clinical sample. The results showed that patterns of clinically significant perfectionism combined high Concern over Mistakes (CM) and Doubts about Action (DA) with high Personal Standards (PS) (and to a lesser extent also high Organization)––which is consistent with perfectionism/acceptance theory, but at odds with the two-factor theory. The results illustrate the value of a person-oriented methodological approach as a complement to the traditional variable-oriented approach.

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2008. Vol. 32, no 3, 333-350 p.
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perfectionism, social phobia, panic disorder, depression, person-oriented approach
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-345DOI: 10.1007/s10608-006-9109-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-345DiVA: diva2:551280
Available from: 2012-09-10 Created: 2012-09-10 Last updated: 2013-11-11Bibliographically approved

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