The purpose of this study was to examine the factor structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (MPS‐F; Frost, Marten, Laharte, & Rosenblate, 1990). Although perfectionism is thought to contribute to the development of psychopathology and the MPS‐F is gaining popularity for use in assessing perfectionism in clinical samples, to date the factor structure has not been examined in a clinical sample. Three hundred and twenty‐two individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder using the SCID for DSM‐IV and 49 nonclinical controls completed the MPS‐F as well as a measure of perfectionism (MPS‐H) developed by Hewitt and Flett (1991). Analyses suggested that the MPS‐F has similar psychometric properties in clinical samples to those in nonclinical samples, and factors very similar to those observed by Frost et al. (1990) could be extracted. A 3‐factor solution appeared more appropriate for statistical reasons, and the 3 scales based on these factors distinguished among diagnostic groups in a manner similar to scales based on the 6‐factor solution in past research. Results were discussed in terms of the potential utility of a 3‐factor solution and in terms of the general construct of perfectionism and the distinction between nonpathological high performance standards and neurotic perfectionism. © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol 55: 1271–1286, 1999.
Journal of Clinical Psychology – Wiley
Published: Oct 1, 1999
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