Perfectionism and performance in athletes  – Research Survey 16/24 YO

Below are details we have received for a research survey for athletes aged between 16 and 24 years old.

You can complete the Survey HERE


Details for the survey and reasons below.

Name of school: School of Sport, York St John University

Title of study: Perfectionism and performance in athletes


You have been invited to take part in a research project examining the relationship between perfectionism and performance. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important that you understand why this research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read this information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. If there is anything that is unclear or if you would like more information please contact me using the contact details on the following page.

What is the purpose of this investigation?

The aims of this investigation are to examine the relationship between perfectionism and performance. In conducting this investigation, we are interested in determining if perfectionism is something that makes athletes better at sport.

What will you do in the project?

You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you about how you typically feel towards sport. We will also ask you your name and email address. This is so we can match your questionnaire responses with your performances over the next season which we will retrieve from publicly available websites. This information will be destroyed following the completion of the data collection phase (by the end of September 2019).

Do you have to take part?

No, you do not have to take part. It is up to you to decide if you would like to or not. You will not be treated any differently if you chose to take part or decide not to do so. If you decide to take part now but later change your mind you are able to withdraw from the study without giving reason with no penalty.

Why have you been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part in this project because you are an athlete aged 16-20 years old.

What are the potential risks to you in taking part?

There is very little risk for you participating in this study; if you do wish to learn more about perfectionism you can follow the links below to an information sheet and information video You do have the right to withdraw from this project, without giving a reason. You or your parents can withdraw you from the project by informing me (the researcher)via email that you wish to do so. If you withdraw from the research, any data that has been collected will be removed and erased. You may request that the information you have provided is removed from the study at any point until the data has started to be analysed. This means that you can request that your data be removed from the investigation until four weeks (28 days) after the date that you took part in the study.

What happens to the information in the project? 

Once your questionnaire responses have been matched to your performance data, a code will be used for yourself and any people or organisations that are mentioned in order to maintainanonymity. All data collected whilst conducting this investigation will be stored securely on the password protected OneDrive storage system [and password protected computer account], which is used for the storage of research data at York St John University, in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation. The information collected whilst conducting this project will be stored for a minimum of 12 months.

Thank you for reading this information – please ask any questions if you are unsure about what is written in this form.

What happens next?

If you are happy for your club to take part in this project, you will be asked to sign a consent form/letter in order to confirm this.

It is possible that the results of this research project will subsequently be published (e.g., conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles). If this is the case, appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that all participants and organisations remain anonymous.

If you do not want to be involved in the project, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading the information above.

Researcher contact details:

Verity Pratt



Dr Daniel Madigan


School of Sport,

York St John University,

Lord Mayor’s Walk,


YO31 7EX