Perceived Stigmatization, Motivational Climate and Sports Perfectionism among Female University Athletes

Sahar Saleem (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisors: Vicar Solomon & Farah Malik, PhD

The present research was carried out to assess the relationship between perceived stigmatization, motivational climate and sports perfectionism among female university athletes. It comprised of two studies. Study I was aimed to develop and validate perceived stigmatization in sports scale for female athletes (PSSSFA). Study II aimed to assess the relationship between perceived stigmatization, motivational climate and sports perfectionism among female university athletes. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship in perceived stigmatization, motivational climate and sports perfectionism; Perceived stigmatization and motivational climate would predict sport perfectionism and there would be educational differences in perceived stigmatization and motivational climate and sports perfectionism among female university athletes. The sample consisted of 125 female university athletes (N = 125) with age range was 18 to 24. Research instruments included Perceived Stigmatization in Sports Scale for Female Athletes (Saleem, Solomon & Malik, 2018), Perceived Motivational Climate in Sports Questionnaire (Newton, Duda & Yin, 2000) and Sports Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale-2 (Gotwals & Dunn, 2009). Results revealed that perceived stigmatization, motivational climate and sports perfectionism were positively correlated. Perceived stigmatization and motivational climate predicted sports perfectionism. Moreover, educational differences were also found. This research would be helpful for female athletes to cope with societal attitude and to improve athlete’s psychological abilities and enhancing competitive skills.

Keywords: Perceived stigmatization, motivational climate, sports perfectionism, females, athletes.

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