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Perfectionism in School by Kristie L. Speirs Neumeister, Kathryn L. Fletcher

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CHAPTER 4

Achievement Motivation and Perfectionism

In the field of sports psychology, there has been a long history of research on how perfectionism influences motivational processes for athletic training and performance (Flett & Hewitt, 2005; Gaudreau & Antl, 2008; Hall, 2016; Hall, Kerr, & Mathews, 1998; Stoeber, 2011, 2014). Elite and competitive athletes have been the focus of this research because perfectionism has been thought to manifest in individuals having perceived competence for a specific skill (Flett, Hewitt, Oliver, & Macdonald, 2002) that is personally relevant and important (Dunn, Causgrove Dunn, & McDonald, 2012; Hall, 2016; Shafran, Cooper, & Fairburn, 2002). Elite athletes have superior competence and their commitment to a ...

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