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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Human Kinetics, 2019.
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Perfectionism is related to precompetition emotions in athletes. However, it is unclear why this is the case. In the present study,the authors sought to determine whether perfectionistic cognitions explain this relationship and mediate the relationships betweenself-oriented perfectionism (SOP), socially prescribed perfectionism (SPP), and general precompetition emotions and multidi-mensional anxiety and anger. The authors adopted a three-wave longitudinal design and examined between- and within-personeffects in a sample of 352 youth footballers (Mage= 14.03 years,SD= 2.30). At the between-person level, perfectionisticcognitions mediated the relationships between SOP, SPP, and all general precompetition emotions plus multidimensional anxietyand anger. At the within-person level, perfectionistic cognitions mediated the relationships between SOP, SPP, and generalanxiety and anger plus multidimensional anxiety and anger. Our findings imply that athletes higher in SOP and SPP experience more anxiety and anger when the frequency of perfectionistic cognitions increases in the lead-up to competition.
Author(s): Donachie TC, Hill AP, Madigan DJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Print publication date: 31/08/2019
Online publication date: 31/08/2019
Acceptance date: 13/11/2019
Date deposited: 07/06/2021
ISSN (print): 0895-2779
ISSN (electronic): 1543-2904
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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