Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-06 07:39:05



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Perfectionism is generally described as a personality trait characterized by excessively high standards, overly critical evaluations of performance, and disproportionate amounts of distress in response to perceived flaws or failure. However, there is some debate as to whether perfectionism is a stable personality trait or a fluctuating state attribute. To investigate this, the current study assessed the test-retest reliabilities of the three most widely used perfectionism scales (the APS-R, HFMPS, and FMPS) over a three-week period and examined the influence of various contextual variables. Data from this college sample (N=43; mean age=21; SD=3.7) demonstrated high reliability and internal consistency for all three scales with negligible influence from the contextual variables examined. These findings support the notion that perfectionism is a trait characteristic that remains stable over time.

Research Sponsor

Charles Waehler, Ph.D.

First Reader

Nina Parekh, M.A.

Second Reader

Emily Thornton, M.A.

Honors Faculty Advisor

Charles Waehler, Ph.D.

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