Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorDavis, Melissa
dc.contributor.authorWosinski, Nicole
dc.identifier.citationDavis, M. and Wosinski, N. 2012. Cognitive errors as predictors of adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in children. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. 30 (2): pp. 105-117.

Cognitive distortions such as dichotomous evaluation of performance, selectively focusing on perceived failures, and discounting successes are proposed to be key maintaining mechanisms in clinical perfectionism, but no existing research has investigated the relationship between perfectionism and cognitive errors in children. The current study assessed the associations between dimensions of perfectionism as assessed by the Adaptive/Maladaptive Perfectionism Scale (AMPS) and children’s cognitive errors controlling for negative and positive affect to provide information about cognitive features associated with perfectionism in children and construct-related evidence for the AMPS. A non-clinical sample of 204 children completed the AMPS, the Children’s Negative Cognitive Errors Questionnaire, and measures of positive and negative affect. The AMPS sensitivity to mistakes scale was correlated robustly with catastrophizing, overgeneralization, personalizing, and selective abstraction. Cognitive errors were significant predictors of maladaptive perfectionism even after controlling for negative affect. However, cognitive errors did not predict adaptive perfectionism after controlling for positive affect. These findings highlight the role of negative thinking styles in maladaptive perfectionism in children and point to the potential usefulness of interventions that focus jointly on maladaptive perfectionism and negative cognitive styles.

dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC
dc.titleCognitive errors as predictors of adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in children
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record