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Perfectionism and achievement goals in athletes: Relations with approach and avoidance orientations in mastery and performance goals

Stoeber, Joachim, Stoll, Oliver, Pescheck, Eva, Otto, Kathleen (2008) Perfectionism and achievement goals in athletes: Relations with approach and avoidance orientations in mastery and performance goals. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9 (2). pp. 102-121. ISSN 1469-0292. (doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2007.02.002)

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Abstract

Objectives: Challenging views that perfectionism is a maladaptive factor in sport and that it is related to a preoccupation with performance goals and a neglect of mastery goals, the present article argues that perfectionism in athletes is not generally maladaptive, but shows differential relationships with mastery and performance goals depending on which facets of perfectionism are regarded.

Conclusions: It is concluded that striving for perfection in athletes is associated with an adaptive pattern of achievement goals whereas negative reactions to imperfection are associated with a maladaptive pattern. Thus, striving for perfection in sport may be adaptive in athletes who do not experience strong negative reactions when performance is less than perfect.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2007.02.002
Uncontrolled keywords: perfectionism; sport; achievement motivation; goal orientations; performance; mastery; approach; avoidance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2009 12:18 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4487 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stoeber, Joachim: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6439-9917
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