The relationship between multidimensional perfectionism and pre-competition emotions of youth footballers

Tracy C. Donachie, Andrew P. Hill, Howard K. Hall

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Research has found that trait and dispositional perfectionism are related to pre-competition emotions. However, less is known about whether other aspects of perfectionism, such as perfectionistic cognitions, are related to pre-competition emotions. To address this limitation, the current study examined (i) the relationship between self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism and pre-competition emotions, and (ii) whether perfectionistic cognitions predict pre-competition emotions after controlling for these two dimensions of perfectionism.

A cross-sectional survey.

Two hundred and six youth footballers (M age=15.54 years, SD=1.93) completed self-report measures prior to their next competition.

Regression analyses revealed socially prescribed perfectionism was a positive predictor of anger, while self-oriented perfectionism was a positive predictor of excitement. After controlling for self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism, perfectionistic cognitions were a positive predictor of anxiety, anger, and dejection.

The findings suggest that perfectionistic cognitions are important in regard to pre-competition emotions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Early online date13 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Sport
  • Cognitions
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Dejection

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