Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Exercise Science (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Megan Byrd


The traits of perfectionism and aggression in modern society are pervasive. Negative effects of both perfectionistic and aggressive behavior are well-documented, including increased risk of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders (Wade & Tiggeman, 2013; Wheeler et al., 2011; Chung et al., 2019; Koivula et al., 2002). Perfectionism and aggression are traits seen independently in collegiate athletes and are relevant traits when assessing an athletes psychological profile. While the two traits have been linked previously in the general population (Chester, 2015), little research exists to link the two in collegiate athletes. This study’s purpose is to discover the relationship, if any, between the traits of perfectionism and aggression in collegiate athletes. By establishing such a relationship, the importance of mitigating the negative effects of perfectionism and aggression would consequently be established, thus potentially improving athlete well-being and performance. To analyze this, self-report measures on aggression (STAXI-2; Spielberger, 1999; BAAGI; Bredemeier, 1975) and perfectionism (Sport-MPS-2; Gotwals & Dunn, 2009) were administered to university, club sport, and intramural athletes at the university level.