Poster E42, Monday, March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Pacific Concourse
Clinical perfectionism and associated traits: implications for error processing
Sarah T Loew1, Ronnie J Lockington1, Kelsey A Rolefson1, Samuel J Becker1, A'Lea M Yonker1, Simon M Moe1, David S Leland1; 1University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
The Clinical Perfectionism Questionnaire (CPQ; Shafran et al., 2002) is designed for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical perfectionism, which entails maladaptively critical self-evaluation based on excessively high standards. Previously, non-clinical measures of perfectionism have been shown to correlate with anxiety, depression, and fear of failure. Likewise, non-clinical perfectionism and clinical traits such as anxiety are associated with increased electroencephalographic (EEG) responses to self-committed errors. As the first part of a two-phase study aiming to demonstrate clinical perfectionism’s convergent validity, college students (n = 187, age = 18-26) completed an online survey including measures of anxiety (GAD-7), depression (CESD-R), and fear of failure (PFAI). Clinical perfectionism was positively correlated with all three (rs = .51, .47, and .51, respectively). Our findings thus far demonstrate that the CPQ has convergent validity with associated measures of anxiety, depression, and fear of failure, and suggest that clinical perfectionism may be involved in maladaptively elevated concerns over mistakes. Phase two of our study will test whether individuals high (versus low) in clinical perfectionism show greater amplitude EEG responses to self-committed errors, i.e. the error-related negativity (ERN) and error positivity (Pe).
Topic Area: EXECUTIVE PROCESSES: Monitoring & inhibitory control