International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Developing a short form of the Positive and Negative Perfectionism Scale (PANPS-SF)
Carpenter, R., Wheeler, M., Burns, L., Dueling, J., & Rogers, W.

The present trio of studies center around Terry-Short et al.’s (1995) Positive and Negative Perfectionism Scale (PANPS) and the convergent and discriminant validity of a short form of the PANPS. The results of the first study (CFA of the original structure of the PANPS) support acceptable levels of fit with RMSEA. Using the Item Response Theory (IRT) metrics, the PANPS-SF was reduced to 20 items. The PANPS-SF showed a good fit with the data when we ran a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the newly developed short form. The results of the final study indicate that the PANPS does offer significant predictive validity over Hewitt and Flett’s (1991) HMPS subscales in predicting well-being. Therefore, based on our empirical work, we conclude that the PANPS is an adequate measure of perfectionism and that the scale offers an alternative theoretical assessment of perfectionism that other scales may not.

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