ERIC Number: EJ745775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 59
Psychometric Properties of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale with Australian Adolescent Girls: Clarification of Multidimensionality and Perfectionist Typology
Hawkins, Colleen C.; Watt, Helen M. G.; Sinclair, Kenneth E.
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v66 n6 p1001-1022 2006
The psychometric properties of the Frost, Marten, Lahart, and Rosenblate Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (1990) are investigated to determine its usefulness as a measurement of perfectionism with Australian secondary school girls and to find empirical support for the existence of both healthy and unhealthy types of perfectionist students. Participants were 409 female mixed-ability students from Years 7 and 10 in two private secondary schools in Sydney, Australia. Factor analyses yielded four rather than the six factors previously theorized. Cluster analysis indicated a distinct typology of healthy perfectionists, unhealthy perfectionists, and nonperfectionists. Healthy perfectionists were characterized by higher levels on Organization, whereas unhealthy perfectionists scored higher on the Parental Expectations & Criticism and Concern Over Mistakes & Doubts dimensions of perfectionism. Both types of perfectionists scored high on Personal Standards. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychometrics, Multidimensional Scaling, Secondary School Students, Females, Student Attitudes, Secondary Schools, Factor Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Standards, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adjective Check List; Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale