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Presence of Perfectionism Across Athletes and Non-Athletes
The Research and Scholarship Symposium
  • Marguerite Ricci, Cedarville University
  • April D. Crommett, Cedarville University
Type of Submission
  • Perfectionism
Campus Venue
Dixon Ministry Center, Alumni Hall
Cedarville, OH
Start Date
4-10-2013 1:00 PM
End Date
4-10-2013 5:00 PM


It takes a combination of many things to make up a successful athlete. Simply relying on God-given skill and physical build will only take one so far. In the same way, a passion for sport, consistent mental focus on the details, and good sportsmanship won't get a player off the bench. To be successful, an athlete has to incorporate a range of characteristics that allow them to perform, lead, work with others, and learn from mistakes. Finally, at the foundation of a successful athlete there must be strong motivation. Motivation is what keeps the athlete moving forward and striving to win. Although this can make one successful for a time, if an athlete hopes to continue with such a success, he will make intentional goals and set appropriate standards to strive for that will continue to keep him on the path of improvement and achievement. This can be summed up in one word: discipline. Without discipline, an athlete won't act on his skills, talents, and ambitions in a way that causes growth and development. This discipline can be measured in terms of perfectionism. Although literature indicates that perfectionism plays a role in many aspects of an athlete's performance, whether perfectionism differs between athlete and non-athlete populations has not been researched. The purpose of this project was to examine whether perfectionism is a trait that is more prominent in athletes than non-athletes. Twenty-three freshman students participated in the study by taking the Front-MPS online perfectionism survey. Results indicate that athletes and non-athletes do not differ in their level of perfectionism.

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Citation Information
Marguerite Ricci and April D. Crommett. "Presence of Perfectionism Across Athletes and Non-Athletes" (2013)
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