Adaptation of the “Perfectionism Questionnaire” to Diagnose Perfectionist Attitudes among First-Year Technical University Students



Th e article describes the procedure and adaptation results of the “Perfectionism questionnaire” by N. G. Garanyan and A. B. Kholmogorova to diagnose perfectionist attitudes among first-year technical university students. A confirmatory factor analysis allows to diff erentiate three questionnaire scales which are reproduced unchanged in different sex and age samples of university students at a sufficiently high level of reliability. Th e scales are identified as “High standards and ambitions”, “Self criticalattitude and the lack of most successful”. The values on the scale “High standards and ambitions” are positively correlated withlearning motivation, motivation to success, interest in academic disciplines and their importance foreducation, which may indicate the positive (constructive) character of the constructor in educationalactivity of students. Th e indicators of the scale “Self-critical attitude and the lack of selfconfidence”, by contrast, are negatively correlated with learning motivation and motivation to success, and positivelydone with the difficulty of mastering academic disciplines, which gives the opportunity to put forwardthe assumption of the negative nature of the component of the perfectionist attitudes. The links betweenthe scale “Constant comparison of yourself to those who are most successful” and both motivationand attitude to academic disciplines are not detected. However, “Constant comparison of yourselfto those who are most successful” is significantly correlated with the scale “Self-critical attitude and thelack of self-confidence”. Test norms of the scales to diagnose perfectionist attitudes among first-yeartechnical university students are developed.

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Keywords: adaptation of the “Perfectionism Questionnaire”, perfectionism, perfectionist attitudes, confirmatory factor analysis, university students, motivation, interest

Journal rubric: General Psychology, Personality Psychology, History of Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Nasledov A.D., Kiseleva L.B. Adaptation of the “Perfectionism Questionnaire” to Diagnose Perfectionist Attitudes among First-Year Technical University Students. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 3, pp. 44–64. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

A. D. Nasledov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Pedagogy and Pedagogical Psychology, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Lydmila B. Kiseleva, Senior lecturer, Saint Petersburg State Marine Technical University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:



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