Perfectionism and Social Physique Anxiety Balance: Psychosocial Mechanism of Regular Physical Activity within Women

By Reza Shajie, Hashem Koozechian, Reza Partovifard and Kianoosh Shajie.

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In this regard, Frost’s (1990) multidimensional perfectionism scale, the SPA questionnaire of Hart et al. (1989) and the Cardinal’s (1997) stages of EBC scale were employed and applied to 229 female participants in physical fitness centers who conducted regular physical activity for at least 30 days. Pearson correlation coefficient, Kolmogrov-Smirnov, Mann-Whitney U and independent T test were used in data analysis. The findings showed that SPA and perfectionism mean score of the subjects were 31.87±8.02 and 111.50±12.91, respectively. There was a significant difference between subjects’ perfectionism (t=-1.754, P=0.002), and also between parental criticism subscales (z=-2.563, P=0.010); additionally, the organization (t=-1.459, P=0.025) among women led to both regular physical activities, each one in separation at the beginning, and sustainment levels of exercise behavior. Furthermore, there was a significant relationship between the SPA and perfectionism among the women with regular physical activities (r=0.185, P=0.015). Accordingly, it seems that regular physical activity affects medium perfectionism level and social physique anxiety.

Keywords: Perfectionism, Social Physique Anxiety, Women, Regular Physical Activity

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2012, pp.23-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.510KB).

Reza Shajie

PhD Student, Sport Management, Tarbiyat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

My name is Reza Shajie and I am 27 years old. I was awarded 2 times by the president of IRAN as the most outstanding distinguished student in the country (2007, 2010).

Hashem Koozechian

Associate Professor, Sport Management, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Reza Partovifard

South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Kianoosh Shajie

Msc. Student, Sport Management, Payam Noor University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)