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Perfectionism and Training Performance: The Mediating Role of Other-Approach Goals

Madigan, Daniel J., Stoeber, Joachim, Culley, Troy, Passfield, Louis and Hill, Andrew P. (2018) Perfectionism and Training Performance: The Mediating Role of Other-Approach Goals. European Journal of Sport Science. (In Press)

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Abstract

Recent research found perfectionistic strivings to predict performance in a novel basketball task among novice basketball players. The current study builds on this research by examining whether this is also the case for performance in a familiar basketball training task among experienced basketball players, and whether achievement goals mediated any observed relationships. Perfectionistic strivings, perfectionistic concerns, and 3 × 2 achievement goals were assessed prior to basketball training performance in 90 basketball players (mean age 20.9 years). Regression analyses showed that perfectionistic strivings predicted better performance. Furthermore, mediation analyses showed that other-approach goals (e.g., beliefs that one should and can outperform others) accounted for this relationship. The findings suggest that perfectionistic strivings may predict better performance in both novel and familiar athletic contexts. In addition, beliefs about the importance and ability to outperform others may explain this relationship.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the European Journal of Sport Science on 13/08/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17461391.2018.1508503”
Status: In Press
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2018.1508503
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF501-505 Motivation
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF698-698.9 Personality
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3302

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