There is a growing interest in the research on perfectionism in the developmental age, also because its relationship with various forms of discomfort is more and more highlighted in children and adolescents. During the initial stages of therapy, it can be useful to investigate the presence of perfectionism and to discriminate if it is a form of perfectionism that maintains its adaptive characteristics or, on the contrary, it is a clinical or maladaptive perfectionism. With this in mind, the use on an Italian sample of the CAPS questionnaire "The Child-Adolescent Perfectionism Scale" (Flett e Hewitt, 1990) was examined. CAPS is one of the most used tools in research to evaluate perfectionism in children and adolescents and has been tested in various cultures with both clinical and non-clinical samples. The preliminary data of a research on a large non-clinical sample composed of children and adolescent aged between 9 and 18 will be analyzed here; this sample has been identified in schools in the area of Rome and its province. The reliability of the CAPS instrument and the association between observed data and symptoms of anxiety and depression has been verified.
Keywords: Perfectionism, CAPS, developmental psychopathology.
Cristiana Patrizi, Valeria Semeraro, Maria Pontillo, Rosaria Monfregola, Lorenza Isola, Reflection on the perfectionism diagnosis in the developmental age in "QUADERNI DI PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA" 43/2018, pp. 97-115, DOI:10.3280/QPC2018-043006