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The role of personal standards in clinically significant perfectionism. A person-oriented approach to the study of patterns of perfectionism

Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 333-350
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Cognitive Therapy and Research
Volym: 32
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Springer


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.


  • Psychology
  • person-oriented approach
  • depression
  • panic disorder
  • perfectionism
  • social phobia


  • ISSN: 0147-5916

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