Too Much of a Good Thing? Examining the Relationship Between Passion for Exercise and Exercise Dependence

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Paradis, Kyle F.
Cooke, Lisa M.
Martin, Luc J.
Hall, Craig R.
Passion , Exercise Dependence , Exercise Behaviour , Exercise Motives
Objectives: To examine the relationship between passion (i.e., love for an activity that is valued for whichand a great deal of time is invested) for exercise and exercise dependenc e symptoms.Design: A cross-sectional correlational survey design was utilised.Method: A total of 480 participants (n ¼ 275 females, n ¼ 205 males; Mage¼ 18.58, SD ¼ 1.66) completedthe Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (Godin, Jobin, & Bouillon, 1986), the Passion Scale (Vallerandet al., 20 03), and the Exercise Dependence Scale-Revised (Hausenblas, Symons-Downs, & Nigg, 2004).Path analysis using structural equation modelling was used to assess the relationships between passionand exercise dependence.Results: Path analysis using structural equation modelling via AMOS 20.0 (Arbuckle, 2011) revealed thatharmonious passion (i.e., being in control of the activity and deciding when and when not to engage in it)was positively related to the exercise dependence dimensions of time and tolerance. On the other hand,obsessive passion (i.e., an internal compulsion to engage in the activity even when not appropriate to doso) was positively related to all seven exercise dependence dime nsions: time, tolerance, withdrawal,continuance, intention effects, lack of control, and reduction in other activities (CFI ¼ .91, RMSEA ¼ .05,SRMR ¼ .06).Conclusion: An empirical relationship has be en established to support the proposed theoretical linkbetween passion (harmonious and obsessive) for exercise and exercise dependence dimens Too much of a good thing? Examining the relationship between passion for exercise and exercise dependence (PDF Download Available). Available from: dimensions. [accessed Apr 25, 2016].
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