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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of Perfectionism Inventory: Developing 3-Factor Version. 1913

Garanian N.G.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Kholmogorova A.B.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Yudeeva T.Yu.
PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Psychological Counseling and Psychotherapy, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry — Branch of The Serbsky Federal Medical Research Center for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia

The paper presents the results of confirmatory factor analysis of the Perfectionism Inventory in the sample of 625 subjects (which included patients with affective spectrum disorders and healthy controls from the general population). Three factorial structure of the instrument has been identified: 1) perceived evaluations concerns along with unfavorable social comparisons; 2) high personal standards; 3) negative selectivity and imperfection concentration. The scales exhibit high internal con sistency. The results yield significant positive correlations between factors 1 and 3 and psychopathological symptoms (SCL-90-r). The Personal Standards subscale revealed no correlations with measures of psychopathological symptoms. Patients score higher on subscales 1 and 3 than the controls, whereas subscale 2 again didn’t show any differences. The results are discussed in the context of adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism dimensions.

Keywords: Three-factor Perfectionism Inventory, factorial structure, reliability, clinical sample

Column: Diagnostics of psychological maladjustment in the modern society


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