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1st Edition

The Psychology of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance and Exercise

Edited By

Andrew Hill

ISBN 9781138958692
Published May 17, 2016 by Routledge
346 Pages

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Book Description

Perfectionism has been found to play an important yet complex role in sport, dance and exercise.

This collection provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of theory, measurement, research findings, and practitioner issues associated with perfectionism, providing readers with insights into both its benefits and its costs. The book features contributions from many of the leading researchers in the field, and also includes recommendations from experienced practitioners and clinicians on how best to work with perfectionists.

This book will provide students and researchers in sport and exercise psychology, as well as coaches and instructors in sport, dance and exercise, with an invaluable resource to guide their research and practice.

Table of Contents

Contributors.  Preface.  Part 1: Conceptual, Measurement, and Development Issues  1. Conceptualizing Perfectionism: An Overview and Unresolved Issues, Andrew P. Hill  2. Measuring Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise: Review, Critique, Recommendations, Joachim Stoeber and Daniel J. Madigan  3. The Origins of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise, Paul R. Appleton and Thomas Curran  Part 2: Approaches and Models of Perfectionism  4. An Independent Effects Approach to Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise, Gareth E. Jowett, Sarah H. Mallinson, and Andrew P. Hill  5. The Tripartite Model of Perfectionism: Evidence from Research in Sport and Dance, John K. Gotwals  6. The 2x2 Model of Perfectionism in Sport, Dance, and Exercise, Patrick Gaudreau  Part 3: Applied Issues and Practitioner Perspectives  7. Working with Perfectionism in Elite Sport: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy perspective, Henrik Gustafsson and Carolina Lundqvist  8. Perfectionism in Dance: A Case Example and Applied Considerations, Sanna M. Nordin-Bates and Frank Abrahamsen  9. Working with Perfectionists in a Clinical Context: A Practitioner's Perspective, Dayna Lee-Baggley, Logan Nealis, and Simon B. Sherry  Part 4: Reflections and Future Directions  10. Reflections on Perfectionism and its Influence on Motivational Processes in Sport, Dance, and Exercise, Howard K. Hall  11. Reflections on Perfection and the Pressure to be Perfect in Athletes, Dancers, and Exercisers: A Focus on Perfectionistic Reactivity in Key Situations and Life Contexts, Gordon L. Flett and Paul L. Hewitt  Index. 

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Andrew P. Hill is an Associate Professor at York St John University, UK. He has produced over 40 publications on the topic of perfectionism in sport, dance, and exercise. He is a former Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sport Psychology and current Senior Section Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.


"I long considered Perfectionism to be the stepchild of motivation research: How do you define it, measure it, what processes underpin the construct, is it a positive or negative attribute? But no more! This edited book by Andy Hill is a definitive tour de force that brings together all the major contributors to perfectionism research over the past two decades. The conceptual base and the models underpinning perfectionism are clearly explained and inform us when and why perfectionism goes right or wrong. This book is a must for all motivation researchers." Glyn C. Roberts, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway

"Engaging and timely, this book provides a much needed collection of the latest views from leading perfectionism researchers from around the world on the often paradoxical role of perfectionism in sport, dance, and exercise. A must have resource for anyone who researches, counsels or works in this area." Fuschia M. Sirois, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK.  

"This collection of articles makes this book the most comprehensive and authoritative recourse on psychology of perfectionism in sport, dance and physical activity. All chapters are written in an accessible style appropriate for readers who are introduced to the content area for the first time, as well as for experienced researchers looking for the most current research in perfectionism across diverse physical activity settings, ranging from elite sport and dance to clinical contexts. The information provided makes this book a must-have for anyone teaching courses in psychology of sport, exercise and dance." Athanasios Papaioannou, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Greece.

 "It provides a rigorous and wide ranging analysis that will likely meet the needs of students, researchers, coaches and instructors... An excellent all-round resource." William Winstone, Performance 1 Ltd