Fitness-related self-conscious emotions and risk for exercise addiction: examining the mediating role of passion

Alvaro Sicilia, Manuel Alcaraz-Ibáñez, Delia C. Dumitru, Adrian Paterna, Mark D. Griffiths

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Abstract

Fitness-related self-conscious emotions (SCEs) have been proposed as antecedents of exercise addiction (EA). However, the potential mechanisms underlying such a relationship remain unexplored. The present study examined the relationship between fitness-related SCEs and risk of EA, as well as the mediating role of passion for exercise. A total of 296 male runners (M = 40.35 years, SD = 10.69) completed a survey assessing weekly exercise frequency/hours, fitness-related SCEs, passion for exercise, and the risk of EA. The relationships between the study variables were examined using structural equation modeling. After controlling for age and weekly exercise frequency/hours, fitness-related SCEs of shame, guilt, and hubristic pride were positively associated with risk of EA. However, while guilt had direct effects on risk of EA, shame and hubristic pride showed indirect effects via obsessive passion. The results of the study are discussed, and some practical implications and future research directions are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-248
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Exercise dependence
  • Guilt
  • Pride
  • Shame

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