Queensland University of Technology, School of Psychology and Counselling, Beams Rd. Qld. 4034, Australia Abstract The factor structure, psychometric properties and clinical utility of the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (FMPS) developed by Frost, Martin, Lahart, and Rosenblate (1990) is investigated for the ï¬rst time on the basis of an Australian sample. Consistent with recent studies, four dimensions instead of the original six emerged as a result of exploratory factor analysis. Retaining 24 items out of the original 35 items reï¬ned the scale. This brief version is referred to as FMPS-24 item. Further investigations resulted in a shortened form of the scale (FMPS-R), which highlighted the presence of two purer dimensions, functional and dysfunctional perfectionism, using a limited number of items. The overall 24-item measure, its four subscales and the functional and dysfunctional dimensions of perfectionism had high internal consistency and correlated with other established measures of perfectionism, anxiety and depression. In general, the FMPS-24 item and FMPS-R are psychometrically sound instruments of potential value and utility in studying the construct of perfectionism and its links with personality and psychopathology. Keywords: Multidimensional perfectionism, functional and dysfunctional perfectionism Perfectionism has a long history in both clinical and personality research. Earlier, the
Australian Journal of Psychology – Wiley
Published: Aug 1, 2005
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