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The Perfectionism-Athlete Burnout Relationship Moving Beyond the Individual

Olsson, Luke Francis (2022) The Perfectionism-Athlete Burnout Relationship Moving Beyond the Individual. Doctoral thesis, York St John University.

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Research examining perfectionism and burnout, so far, has confined the relationship to an intrapersonal perspective. The purpose of this thesis was to take a broader interpersonal perspective and integrate significant others’ perfectionism when examining predictors of athlete burnout. The first study of the thesis starts with the inclusion of coaches and examines the predictive ability of athlete perfectionism and perceived coach perfectionism on athlete burnout. The findings from this study provided initial evidence for the importance of the coach perfectionism in shaping the burnout of athletes. The second study extended this work by testing how perceived coach perfectionism can predict athlete burnout, using a developmental of perfectionism perspective and by including perceived coach perfectionism as an antecedent of athlete perfectionism and, in turn, athlete burnout. The findings provided some, but limited, evidence for this approach and instead pointed to a direct effect between perceived coach perfectionism and athlete burnout. The third study focused on actual coach perfectionism, instead of perceptions of coach perfectionism, and again tested the perfectionism-burnout relationship, but this time using a dyadic approach. The findings from coach-athlete dyads showed several actor effects for both the coach and the athlete, along with one unexpected partner effect. Developing the interpersonal perspective further, the fourth study sought to broaden the examination of the perfectionism-burnout relationship by examining it for the first time at a team level. The study also integrated coach perfectionism into this model so to examine the actual coach perfectionism as a predictor of team burnout. A series of multi-level path models revealed several individual and group level effects, with team perfectionism and coach perfectionism both being positively related to burnout symptoms at the team level. The studies encapsulated within the thesis provide evidence that the perfectionism-athlete burnout relationship can be examined in an interpersonal perspective.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Status: Published
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0733-734.5 Professionalism in sports. Professional sports (General)
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8334

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