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Perfectionism and burnout in canoe polo and kayak slalom athletes: The mediating influence of validation and growth-seeking

Hill, AP, Hall, HK, Appleton, PR and Murray, JJ (2010) Perfectionism and burnout in canoe polo and kayak slalom athletes: The mediating influence of validation and growth-seeking. The Sport Psychologist, 24 (1). 16 - 34 (9). ISSN 0888-4781

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Recent research suggests that validation-seeking and dimensions of perfectionism may be antecedents of athlete burnout. The present investigation examined whether validation and growth-seeking mediate the relationship between selforiented and socially prescribed perfectionism and burnout. One-hundred and fifty canoe polo and kayak slalom athletes recruited from the top two divisions in the UK completed measures of validation and growth-seeking (GOI), perfectionism (HMPS), and athlete burnout (ABQ). Analyses supported the mediating role of validation-seeking in the relationship between socially prescribed perfectionism and burnout. However, while bivariate correlations indicated that self-oriented perfectionism was positively related to both validation and growth-seeking, neither mediated the self-oriented perfectionism-burnout relationship. The findings suggest that validation-seeking may be an important psychological factor in the development of burnout for athletes exhibiting high levels of socially prescribed perfectionism. The relationship between self-oriented perfectionism and athlete burnout remains unclear because of its association with multiple motives and with socially prescribed perfectionism.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010, Human Kinetics. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 14:36
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 14:55
Status: Published
Publisher: Human Kinetics
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74573

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