Examining the Relationship Between Perfectionism Dimensions and Burning Out Symptoms in Deaf and Hearing Athletes

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Mimi S. H. HoUniversity of Birmingham

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Paul R. AppletonUniversity of Birmingham

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Jennifer CummingUniversity of Birmingham

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Joan L. DudaUniversity of Birmingham

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This study examined whether the relationships between self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism and symptoms of burning out (i.e., reduced accomplishment, emotional and physical exhaustion, sport devaluation, negative affect, and symptoms of physical ill-health) were moderated by hearing ability. A total of 417 athletes (hearing = 205, deaf = 212) completed the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (Hewitt & Flett, 1991, 2004), the negative affect subscale of the Positive Affect and Negative Affect Schedule (Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988), the Athlete Burnout Questionnaire (Raedeke & Smith, 2001), and the Physical Symptoms Checklist (Emmons, 1991). Regression analyses revealed the hypothesized relationships were generally consistent across both groups. The current findings provide insight into the potential effects of perfectionism dimensions for hearing and deaf athletes’ health.

Mimi S. H. Ho, Paul R. Appleton, Jennifer Cumming, and Joan L. Duda are with the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK.

Address author correspondence to Mimi S. H. Ho at msh061@bham.ac.uk.
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