Behavioral correlates of psychological involvement: A 2-year study

Mikihiro Sato, Jeremy S. Jordan, Daniel C. Funk

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Abstract

Limited research has examined psychological involvement change using a longitudinal design. This study explored stability and change in the three facets of psychological involvement-pleasure, centrality, and sign-that occurred over a 2-year period and examined key behavioral correlates of the observed change. Data were collected three times through online surveys from participants (N = 482) of an annual 10-mile running event in the United States. Latent growthmodeling analyses revealed that, on average, the levels of pleasure, centrality, and sign in running slightly decreased over time. Growth mixture modeling analyses offer evidence that different patterns of change exist within each facet of psychological involvement. The findings further indicate that changes in the number of events participated in each year are the most important behavioral correlates of psychological involvement change. The results provide sport managers with implications for promoting long-term engagement with the activity through event participation and postevent phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-160
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sport Management
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Event management
  • Physical activity participation
  • Running clubs
  • Sport events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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