The Big Three Perfectionism Scale: A new measure of perfectionism

Author of Tool: 

Martin M. Smith

Key references: 

Smith, M. M., Saklofske, D. H., Stoeber, J., & Sherry, S. B. (in press). The Big Three Perfectionism Scale: A new measure of perfectionism. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Academic and research purposes.

Background: 

The Big Three Perfectionism Scale (BTPS) assesses three higher-order global factors (rigid perfectionism, self-critical perfectionism, narcissistic perfectionism) via 10 lower-order perfectionism facets (self-oriented perfectionism, self-worth contingencies, concern over mistakes, doubts about actions, self-criticism, socially prescribed perfectionism, other-oriented perfectionism, hypercriticism, grandiosity, entitlement).Following from the results of Smith, Saklofske, Stoeber, & Sherry (in press), the BTPS appears to be a promising new instrument for the multidimensional assessment of the various facets of perfectionism and their superordinate factors (rigid perfectionism, self-critical perfectionism, and narcissistic perfectionism). In addition, the BTPS provides the first and only scale comprising a measure of narcissistic perfectionism.

Psychometrics: 

The psychometrics of the Big Three Perfectionism Scale are reported in Smith, M. M., Saklofske, D. H., Stoeber, J., & Sherry, S. B. (in press). The Big Three Perfectionism Scale: A new measure of perfectionism. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

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