Introduction to the special issue

Andrew P. Hill *, Paul R. Appleton ** and Howard K. Hall ***

(*) School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences University of Leeds, UK
(**) School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
(***) Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, York St John University, UK


P. Hill, A., R. Appleton, P., K. Hall, H. (2014). Introduction to the special issue. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45(4), 265-270. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2014.45.265


The article provides an introduction to the special issue on perfectionism in sport and dance. In it we provide a context for the special issue, our thoughts on how research is progressing in this area, and a brief description of the contributions to the special issue. In doing so, we identify some of the notable features of each study and the new insights they offer. The contributions use qualitative and quantitative methods, both established and contemporary models of perfectionism, and illustrate how to test these models using different analytical approaches. Overall, we believe that the collection of studies attests to the predictive ability of perfectionism in its various guises and affirms the relevance of perfectionism in understanding the experiences of athletes and dancers.

Keywords: Athletes, Dancers, Motivation, Performance