Perfectionism and the 'Yips': An Initial Investigation

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

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