Graduation Date

Fall 2023

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Taylor Bloedon

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Rock Braithwaite

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Angelina Maia

Third Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional


Self-oriented perfectionism, Socially prescribed perfectionism, Self-efficacy, Self-reported success

Subject Categories



Individuals with maladaptive perfectionist tendencies and primarily extrinsic motivations typically exhibit lower performance, Self-Efficacy, Self-Compassion, and sustainability in the context of positive behavior change. Societal pressures that influence self-worth or value, along with psychosomatic and vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, may increase middle-aged women's risk of developing uncompromising attitudes that can lead to an “all or nothing,” perfectionistic mindset. Health coaching techniques derived from Self-Determination Theory and Motivational Interviewing have proven to be effective strategies for adjusting maladaptive thought patterns and providing growth toward positive, and sustainable behaviors. This project employed these strategies and investigated the difference in participants' self-reported success in the context of behavior change adherence among both Socially-prescribed (maladaptive) and self-oriented (adaptive) perfectionists. 40 females (age 40+ years) participated in a 16-week crossover study. Surveys relating to Perfectionism, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Compassion were completed pre (0 weeks), mid (8 weeks), and post (16 weeks), and participants completed weekly goal setting and a self-reported success (SRS) questionnaire. There was no statistically significant difference found in SRS and type of perfectionism, with average SRS increasing steadily over the 16 weeks. There was a difference noted between the intervention groups and the control, with an average increase of 14% success when receiving the intervention, demonstrating the effectiveness of the coaching intervention. However, more research is needed to investigate

Key words: Self-oriented perfectionism, Socially prescribed perfectionism, Self Determination Theory (SDT), Self-Efficacy (SE), False Hope Syndrome (FHS), Self-Reported Success (SRS)

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