An assessment of the similarities between a measure of positive perfectionism and a measure of conscientious achievement striving

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Objectives: The purpose of the study was to examine the similarities between the constructs measured by the positive perfectionism subscale from the Positive and Negative Perfectionism Scale and the achievement striving subscale from the Revised NEO Personality Inventory. Design: A non-experimental design was adopted. Method: One-hundred and seventy-nine junior basketball players (age M=16.50, s=1.12) completed measures of positive perfectionism, conscientious achievement striving and other external measures. Results: Analyses revealed that the two scales were highly positively correlated and demonstrated a similar pattern of relationships with the external measures. However, a single latent factor model provided a comparatively poorer fit than a two latent factor model. Conclusions: There is some evidence that the positive perfectionism and achievement striving constructs measured by the scales in this study are distinguishable as two distinct factors in a confirmatory factor analysis; however, more empirical evidence is needed to establish their substantive differences. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


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