Relation of perfectionism with athletes' burnout

Further examination

Lung Hung Chen, Mei Yen Chen, Ying Hwa Kee, Ying Mei Tsai

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Abstract

The purpose was to examine the different aspects of perfectionism and athletes' burnout. College athletes (N=320) with mean age of 19.7 yr. (SD= 1.4) completed the Chinese version of the Multiple Perfectionism Scale for Sport and the Eades' Athlete Burnout Inventory. Results indicated that perfectionism could be separated into adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism. Adaptive perfectionism was linked to reduced athletes' burnout while maladaptive perfectionism was associated with athletes' burnout. In addition, significant interaction was found between adaptive perfectionism and maladaptive perfectionism on athletes' burnout. Results suggest that high maladaptive perfectionism and low adaptive perfectionism corresponds to higher scores on athletes' burnout. Perfectionism should not be treated as an all-or-nothing disposition. The extent of athlete burnout can vary with the interaction effects of the two types of perfectionism. In terms of practical implications in intervention work, coaches and sport psychologists should try to reduce athletes' maladaptive perfectionism and increase adaptive perfectionism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-820
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 1

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Relation of perfectionism with athletes' burnout : Further examination. / Chen, Lung Hung; Chen, Mei Yen; Kee, Ying Hwa; Tsai, Ying Mei.

In: Perceptual and Motor Skills, Vol. 106, No. 3, 01.06.2008, p. 811-820.

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Chen, Lung Hung ; Chen, Mei Yen ; Kee, Ying Hwa ; Tsai, Ying Mei. / Relation of perfectionism with athletes' burnout : Further examination. In: Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2008 ; Vol. 106, No. 3. pp. 811-820.
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