Perfectionism and the 'Yips': An Initial Investigation

Roberts, R. and Rotherham, M. and Maynard, I. and Thomas, O. and Woodman, T. (2013) Perfectionism and the 'Yips': An Initial Investigation. Sport Psychologist, 27 (1). pp. 53-61.

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The present investigation examined whether perfectionism might predict whether an athlete would suffer from the �yips� (a long term movement disorder consisting of involuntary movements that affects the execution of motor skills). A sample of �yips�-affected individuals from golf, cricket, and darts as well as a sport-matched sample of non �yips�-affected athletes completed the shortened version of Frost, Marten, Lahart, and Rosen- blate�s (1990) multidimensional perfectionism scale (FMPS). Results revealed that three aspects of perfection- ism (personal standards, organization, and concern over mistakes) were associated with a greater likelihood of suffering from the �yips�, indicating that �yips� sufferers had an unhealthy perfectionism profile. The results highlight perfectionism as a possible antecedent of the �yips� experience within sport.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:45
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2016 03:13
ISSN: 0888-4781
Publisher's Statement: as accepted for publication
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/948
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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