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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.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5376-5048
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: 2017-10-30Bibliographically approved

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