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Title: Motivational context and perfectionism traits in pediatric sports
Authors: Pineda Espejel, Heriberto Antonio
León González-Vélez, Jaime José 
Núñez, Juan L. 
Morquecho-Sánchez, Raquel
Trejo, Marina
Morales-Sánchez, Verónica
UNESCO Clasification: 610608 Motivación
630201 Recogida de datos de campo
6114 Psicología social
Keywords: Motivation
Dispositional dimensions
Young athletes
Psychosocial perspective
Issue Date: 2021
Journal: Sustainability 
Abstract: In sports, one of the social agents who can pressure an athlete for perfection in their performance is their coach. However, perfectionism has many potential negative consequences such as excessive concerns over even minor mistakes. The purpose of this study is to test a sequential model: the motivational context (i.e., task- and ego-involving climates generated by the coach and a coach’s support for autonomy) and the facets that determine the level of perfectionism exhibited as a trait (i.e., perceived coach pressure—a facet of socially prescribed perfectionism—and concerns over mistakes—a facet of self-oriented perfectionism). The sample included 317 athletes (133 boys and 184 girls) aged between 10 and 14 years, who answered a battery of questionnaires that evaluated an athlete’s perception of their motivational climate, their perception of support for autonomy, their perceived coach pressure and their concerns over mistakes. Using the structural equations model, the results showed that the task-involving climate was negatively correlated with perceived coach pressure, whereas the ego-involving climate and support for autonomy were positively correlated with perceived coach pressure and were positively correlated with concerns over mistakes. Finally, perceived coach pressure did not influence concerns over mistakes from the motivational context. This study highlights the importance of considering motivational contexts as important motivational elements of perfectionism in youth sports
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su132111639
Source: Sustainability [ISSN 2071-1050], v. 13 (21), 11639, (2021)
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