An exploratory examination of the relationship between symptoms of depression and exercise addiction among undergraduate recreational exercisers

Alcaraz-Ibáñez, M., Paterna, A., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Sicilia, Á., 2021. An exploratory examination of the relationship between symptoms of depression and exercise addiction among undergraduate recreational exercisers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Research has consistently demonstrated an association between depressive disorders and behavioral addictions. However, the relationship between depression and exercise addiction has rarely been investigated. The present study examined the relationship between self-reported depression and exercise addiction symptoms. A sample of 691 Spanish undergraduate leisure exercisers (59% males; Mage = 21.25 years; SDage = 2.94) completed a self-report survey. Two regression analyses employing a maximum likelihood robust estimation method were conducted controlling for the effects of age, gender, BMI, perceived health status, exercise frequency, and risk of eating disorders. In the first regression analysis, depression symptoms (β = .275) explained a significant amount of variance in exercise addiction symptoms (33%). In the second regression analysis, exercise addiction symptoms (β = .320) explained a significant amount of variance in depression symptoms (22%). Symptoms of depression and exercise addiction may simultaneously occur among leisure exercisers. These findings suggest the need for further longitudinal research examining the temporal patterns and directionality between depression and exercise addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Alcaraz-Ibáñez, M., Paterna, A., Griffiths, M.D. and Sicilia, Á.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 7 January 2021
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11469-020-00450-6DOI
1399071Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Jan 2021 15:02
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 15:02
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42020

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