Perfectionism and performance

Stoeber, J. (2012) Perfectionism and performance. In: Murphy, Shane M., ed. Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 294-306. ISBN 9780199731763. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Perfectionism is a personality disposition related to individual differences in performance in sport, school, and other areas of life where performance, tests, and competition play a major role. This chapter discusses the importance of differentiating two main dimensions of perfectionism—perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns—when examining the relationships between perfectionism and performance in sport, academics, music competitions, aptitude tests, and laboratory tasks. The chapter presents studies showing that perfectionistic strivings are positively associated with performance and predict higher performance beyond people’s general aptitude and previous performance level. In contrast, the studies do not show that perfectionistic concerns are consistently negatively associated with performance. To conclude the chapter, implications for applied psychology are discussed as are open questions for future research regarding issues such as the development of perfectionism, performance and efficiency, and gender differences.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: perfectionism; performance; sport; training; competition; students; grade point average; achievement; effort; general aptitude
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2011 11:00
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2012 10:05
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28065 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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