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Development of Perfectionism in Junior Athletes: Examination of Actual and Perceived Parental Perfectionism

Olsson, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4705-6437, Hill, Andrew P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6370-8901, Madigan, Daniel J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1818 and Woodley, George (2020) Development of Perfectionism in Junior Athletes: Examination of Actual and Perceived Parental Perfectionism. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 (6). pp. 669-675.

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Initial research suggests that parental perfectionism is central to the development of athlete perfectionism. However, it is unclear whether perceived or actual parental perfectionism is most important. The present study aimed to address this issue in two ways. First, we re-examined the predictive ability of actual versus perceived parental perfectionism on athlete perfectionism. Second, for the first time, we tested whether perceived parental perfectionism mediated the
relationship between actual parental perfectionism and athlete perfectionism. A sample of 150 junior athletes and their parents completed measures of perfectionism (perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns). Junior athletes completed two measures, one of their own
perfectionism and one of perceptions of their parents’ perfectionism. Parents completed one measure of their own perfectionism. Regression analyses showed that perceived parental perfectionism predicted athlete perfectionism over and above actual parental perfectionism. Mediation analyses provided support for our proposed model. Overall, the findings suggest that both actual and perceived parental perfectionism are important in the development of perfectionism in junior athletes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 03/02/2020 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2020.1723387"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1723387
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4358

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