Psychometric evaluation of goal orientation measures in sport

Fogarty, Gerard J. and Tenenbaum, Gershon and Morrow, Kieran (2006) Psychometric evaluation of goal orientation measures in sport. In: Psychology Bridging the Tasman: Science, Culture and Practice, 26-30 Sep 2006, Aukland, New Zealand.

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The concept of achievement goals has received increasing attention in recent years among researchers in sport psychology. The two types of goal orientation conceived in academic settings, namely 'task' and 'ego', have been the focus of much research and form the basis of several instruments designed to measure achievement goals in sport. The unmodified use of these constructs has been criticized, however, and some caution needs to be exercised in employing the existing scales. The current paper reviews recent arguments relating to the concepts termed goal orientation and goal involvement. It also provides an empirical examination of these critiques through close scrutiny of data collected from 201 athletes who completed four different instruments purporting to measure goal orientation. Confirmatory factor analysis and “latent-trait” Rasch analyses were performed on scores obtained from these measures. Results confirmed that the concept of goal orientation should be further operationalized and the concepts better defined. Furthermore, the establishment of specific measurement tools for goal involvement and orientation has to be preceded by a clear conceptual distinction between the two concepts, and a clear definition of the components and structure of a transitory state of goal involvement.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Submitted version deposited according to Publisher's requirements: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Katsikitis, Mary (Ed.) (2006). Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society: Psychology Bridging the Tasman: Science, Culture and Practice(pp. 120-124). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 0-909881-30-8.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:37
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 23:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: goal orientation; achievement goals; multimethod-multitrait
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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