Absorption in Sport: A Cross-Validation Study

Koehn, Stefan and Cogley, Jeremy (2017) Absorption in Sport: A Cross-Validation Study. Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078

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Absorption has been identified as readiness for experiences of deep involvement in the task. Conceptually, absorption is a key psychological construct, incorporating experiential, cognitive, and motivational components. Although, no operationalization of the construct has been provided to facilitate research in this area, the purpose of this research was the development and examination of the psychometric properties of a sport-specific measure of absorption that evolved from the use of the Tellegen Absorption Scale in mainstream psychology. Following item development, two separate assessments included a calibration and a cross-validation phase testing construct, convergent, discriminant, and criterion validity. The Measure of Absorption in Sport Contexts (MASC) showed acceptable reliability and validity across samples. Configural invariance for the 18-item, 6-factor structure between samples showed a good fit of the data, χ2(240) = 404.675; CFI = .950; RMSEA = .034, indicating equivalence between calibration and validation models. The development of the MASC provides rich research opportunities in sport psychology on an applied level, to enhance the development of future interventions, and on a theoretical level, to facilitate the conceptual understanding of absorption in conjunction with experiential, cognitive, and motivational frameworks.

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Additional Information and Comments: This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission.
Keywords: Absorption, flow, cross-validation, reliability, validity
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Stefan Koehn
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 13:11
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2124

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