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Development of perfectionism in junior athletes: a three-sample study of coach and parental pressure

Madigan, Daniel J., Curran, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0003-2443-5079, Stoeber, Joachim, Hill, Andrew P., Smith, Martin M and Passfield, Louis (2019) Development of perfectionism in junior athletes: a three-sample study of coach and parental pressure. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 41 (3). 167–175. ISSN 0895-2779

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Identification Number: 10.1123/jsep.2018-0287


Perfectionism predicts cognitions, emotions, and behaviors in sport. Nonetheless, our understanding of the factors that influence its development is limited. The authors sought to address this issue by examining the role of coach and parental pressure in the development of perfectionism in sport. Using 3 samples of junior athletes (16–19 years; cross-sectional n = 212, 3-month longitudinal n = 101, and 6-month longitudinal n = 110), the authors examined relations between coach pressure to be perfect, parental pressure to be perfect, perfectionistic strivings, and perfectionistic concerns. Mini meta-analysis of the combined cross-sectional data (N = 423) showed that both coach pressure and parental pressure were positively correlated with perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns. In contrast, longitudinal analyses showed that only coach pressure predicted increased perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns over time. Overall, our findings provide preliminary evidence that coaches may play a more important role in the development of junior athletes’ perfectionism than parents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Human Kinetics
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:41

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