Analysis of the affect measurement conundrum in exercise psychology: II. A conceptual and methodological critique of the Exercise-induced Feeling inventory

Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Steven J. Petruzzello

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Abstract

Background and purpose: The measurement of affect in the context of exercise has become a controversial issue. To help elucidate some of the problems, the conceptual and methodological bases of the Exercise-induced Feeling Inventory (Gauvin, L., & Rejeski, W.J. (1993). The Exercise-induced Feeling Inventory: Development and initial validation. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 15, 403.) are critiqued, emphasizing deviations from established scale development and validation guidelines. Methods: From a conceptual standpoint, the analysis concentrates on the definition of "feeling states," the demarcation of the content domain, the decision to adopt a categorical conceptualization of affect, the notion of a universal phenomenology of exercise, and the notion of exercise-specific affect. From a methodological standpoint, emphasis is placed on the item selection and content validation methods, the exploratory structural analysis, and the application of structural equation modeling. Results and conclusions: Substantial deficiencies in conceptual groundwork and deviations from established guidelines are identified that may have important implications for the validity and utility of the EFI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2001

Keywords

  • Feeling states
  • Phenomenology
  • Scale development
  • Structure of affect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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