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The relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and pre-competition emotions of youth footballers.

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ObjectivesResearch has found that trait and dispositional perfectionism are related to pre-competition emotions. However, less is known about whether other aspects of perfectionism, such as perfectionistic cognitions, are related to pre-competition emotions. To address this limitation, the current study examined (i) the relationship between self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism and pre-competition emotions, and (ii) whether perfectionistic cognitions predict pre-competition emotions after controlling for these two dimensions of perfectionism.DesignA cross-sectional survey.MethodTwo hundred and six youth footballers (M age = 15.54 years, SD = 1.93) completed self-report measures prior to their next competition.ResultsRegression analyses revealed socially prescribed perfectionism was a positive predictor of anger, while self-oriented perfectionism was a positive predictor of excitement. After controlling for self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism, perfectionistic cognitions were a positive predictor of anxiety, anger, and dejection.ConclusionThe findings suggest that perfectionistic cognitions are important in regard to pre-competition emotions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Donachie TC, Hill AP, Hall HK

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Year: 2018

Volume: 37

Pages: 33-42

Print publication date: 01/07/2018

Online publication date: 13/04/2018

Acceptance date: 10/04/2018

ISSN (print): 1469-0292

ISSN (electronic): 1878-5476

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.04.002


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