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The role of passion in exercise addiction, exercise volume, and exercise intensity in long-term exercisers


Kovacsik, R and Griffiths, MD and Pontes, HM and Soos, I and de la Vega, R and Ruiz-Barquin, R and Demetrovics, Z and Szabo, A, The role of passion in exercise addiction, exercise volume, and exercise intensity in long-term exercisers, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, (January) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1557-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11469-018-9880-1


Recent studies have shown a relationship between the risk for exercise addiction (REA) and passion. This research examined whether levels of REA, volume of exercise (in weekly hours), and self-reported exercise intensities yield differences in obsessive passion and harmonious passion among individuals with long history of exercise. Respondents (n = 360) completed the Exercise Addiction Inventory, Passion Scale, and Borg Scale (assessing their usual exercise intensity), and reported their volume of exercise (hours per week). Regression analysis demonstrated that exercise intensity, obsessive passion, and harmonious passion were significant predictors (r2 = .381, p < .001) of the REA scores with obsessive passion being the strongest predictor (r2 = .318). Exercisers classified as at REA reported higher obsessive passion, harmonious passion, and exercise intensity (p ≤ .001) than those classified as symptomatic, who in turn scored higher on these measures (p ≤ .006) than asymptomatic exercisers. Participants reporting greater volumes of exercise also scored higher on obsessive passion, harmonious passion (p < .001), exercise intensity (p = .032), and REA scores (p = .042) than individuals who exercised less. Finally, women exercising between low and high intensities exhibited greater obsessive passion, as well as harmonious passion (p ≤ .005) than men reporting similar exercise intensities. These findings support the recently reported relationship between passion and REA. They also expand the current knowledge by demonstrating that obsessive passion and harmonious passion are greater in the individuals who exercise at higher volumes and with higher intensities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:compulsive exercise, exercise dependence, harmonious passion, obsessive passion, exercise addiction
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132478
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-06-21
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