Theoretical conceptualisations of problematic exercise in psychometric assessment instruments: a systematic review

Sicilia, Á., Paterna, A., Alcaraz-Ibáñez, M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2021. Theoretical conceptualisations of problematic exercise in psychometric assessment instruments: a systematic review. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 10 (1), pp. 4-20. ISSN 2062-5871

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Abstract

Background and aims: The aim of the present systematic review was to identify psychometric tools developed to assess problematic exercise in order to identify and compare their theoretical con-ceptualisations on which they are based.

Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted in the electronic databases Web of Science, Scielo, PsychINFO, PsycTEST and SCOPUS from their inception to January 2020.

Results: Seventeen assessment instruments met the eligibility criteria to be included in the present review. The instruments were classified according to their conceptualisation into five groups: (i) problematic exercise as an end of an exercise continuum, (ii) problematic exercise as a means of regulating body size and weight, (iii) problematic exercise as dependence, (iv) problematic exercise as a behavioural addiction and (v) no clear conceptualisation.

Discussion: The results suggest that the conceptualisations of the assessment instruments have resulted in a strong dichotomy in relation to the primary or secondary character of the problematic exercise that might be limiting the capacity of the instruments to adequately capture the multidimensionality of this construct.

Conclusions: Given the interest in understanding the complexity surrounding the problematic exercise, future research should develop more comprehensive definitions of this construct. This would allow a greater conceptual consensus to be reached that would allow progress to be made in the study of the problematic exercise.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Sicilia, Á., Paterna, A., Alcaraz-Ibáñez, M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: 16 April 2021
Volume: 10
Number: 1
ISSN: 2062-5871
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1556/2006.2021.00019DOI
1430286Other
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Open Access. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Apr 2021 09:58
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 14:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42688

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