Methodological and conceptual limitations in exercise addiction research

Szabo, A, Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, de La Vega Marcos, R, Mervó, B and Demetrovics, Z, 2015. Methodological and conceptual limitations in exercise addiction research. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 88 (3), pp. 303-308. ISSN 0044-0086

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Abstract

The aim of this brief analytical review is to highlight and disentangle research dilemmas in the field of exercise addiction. Research examining exercise addiction is primarily based on self-reports, obtained by questionnaires (incorporating psychometrically validated instruments), and interviews, which provide a range of risk scores rather than diagnosis. Survey methodology indicates that the prevalence of risk for exercise addiction is approximately 3 percent among the exercising population. Several studies have reported a substantially greater prevalence of risk for exercise addiction in elite athletes compared to those who exercise for leisure. However, elite athletes may assign a different interpretation to the assessment tools than leisure exercisers. The present paper examines the: 1) discrepancies in the classification of exercise addiction; 2) inconsistent reporting of exercise addiction prevalence; and 3) varied interpretation of exercise addiction diagnostic tools. It is concluded that there is the need for consistent terminology, to follow-up results derived from exercise addiction instruments with interviews, and to follow a theory-driven rationale in this area of research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Creators: Szabo, A., Griffiths, M.D., de La Vega Marcos, R., Mervó, B. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Inc.
Place of Publication: New Haven, CT, United States
Date: 2015
Volume: 88
Number: 3
ISSN: 0044-0086
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:56
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25986

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