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Personality factors in exercise addiction: a pilot study exploring the role of narcissism, extraversion, and agreeableness


Cook, RH and Griffiths, MD and Pontes, HM, Personality factors in exercise addiction: a pilot study exploring the role of narcissism, extraversion, and agreeableness, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 18 pp. 89-102. ISSN 1557-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11469-018-9939-z


Despite the increased evidence and acceptance of exercise being classed as a behavioral addiction, there is limited research examining personality characteristics within exercise addicts. The purpose of this study was to examine three personality traits (narcissism, extraversion, and agreeableness) and to examine their role in exercise addiction. The sample comprised 114 voluntary participants (74 females and 40 males) who completed the (i) Exercise Addiction Inventory, (ii) Narcissistic Personality Inventory, and (iii) Ten-Item Personality Inventory, as well as demographic questions and questions concerning their engagement and intensity levels of exercise. Results indicated a low incidence of individuals who were classed as at risk of exercise addiction (7%), but a high incidence of symptomatic individuals (75%). Results suggested that extraversion and narcissism may be underlying factors in exercise addiction with no effect for agreeableness. Exercise engagement and intensity were also related to exercise addiction. Further research examining the relationship between personality types and exercise addiction may be useful in identifying individuals at risk for developing exercise addiction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:exercise addiction, personality factors, narcissism, extraversion, agreeableness
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:132485
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2020-06-23
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