The Social Physique Anxiety Scale: Construct validity in adolescent females

Edward McAuley, Gretchen Burman

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Hart, Leary, and Rejeski have developed the Social Physique Anxiety Scale (SPA), a measure of the anxiety experienced in response to having one’s physique evaluated by other people. The present study cross-validated the psychometric properties of this measure in a sample (N = 236) of adolescent competitive female gymnasts. Employing structural equation modeling, the proposed unidimensional factor structure of the SPA was supported, although some questions regarding the robustness of the fit are raised. Construct validity was demonstrated by significant inverse relationships between aspects of physical efficacy (perceived physical ability and physical self-presentation confidence) and degree of social physique anxiety. These findings are discussed in terms of possible alternative factor structures and integration of social anxiety and other psychosocial constructs to better understand physical activity behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1053
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • Body affect
  • Measurement
  • Self-presentation
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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