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Perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in junior athletes

Madigan, Daniel J., Stoeber, Joachim, Passfield, Louis (2016) Perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in junior athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (8). pp. 700-706. (doi:10.1080/02640414.2015.1068441) (KAR id:49166)

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Recent theory and research suggest that perfectionism is a personal factor contributing to athletes’ vulnerability to doping (using banned substances/drugs to enhance sporting performance). So far, however, no study has examined what aspects of perfectionism suggest a vulnerability in junior athletes. Employing a cross-sectional design, this study examined perfectionism and attitudes towards doping in 129 male junior athletes (mean age 17.3 years) differentiating four aspects of perfectionism: perfectionistic strivings, perfectionistic concerns, parental pressure to be perfect, and coach pressure to be perfect. In the bivariate correlations, only parental pressure showed a positive relationship with positive doping attitudes. In a multiple regression analysis controlling for the overlap between the four aspects, perfectionistic strivings additionally showed a negative relationship. Moreover, a structural equation model examining the relationships between all variables suggested that coach pressure had a negative indirect effect on attitudes towards doping via perfectionistic strivings. The findings indicate that perceived parental pressure to be perfect may be a factor contributing to junior athletes’ vulnerability to doping, whereas perfectionistic strivings may be a protective factor.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1068441
Uncontrolled keywords: perfectionism; attitudes towards doping; sport; junior athletes; performance enhancing substances; performance enhancing drugs
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2015 12:02 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 08:36 UTC
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