Hierarchical confirmatory factor analysis of the Flow State Scale in exercise

Vlachopoulos, Symeon P. and Karageorghis, Costas I. and Terry, Peter C. (2000) Hierarchical confirmatory factor analysis of the Flow State Scale in exercise. Journal of Sports Sciences, 18 (10). pp. 815-823. ISSN 0264-0414


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[Abstract]: The present study examined the factor structure and internal consistency of the Flow State Scale (FSS; Jackson and Marsh, 1996) using responses of exercise participants. The FSS is a self-report questionnaire of nine subscales designed to assess flow in sport and physical activity settings. It was administered to 1, 231 aerobic dance exercise participants. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) were used to test three competing measurement models of the flow construct: A single-factor model, a nine factor model, and a hierarchical model positing a higher-order flow factor to explain the intercorrelations between the nine first-order factors. The single-factor model showed a poor fit to the data. The nine-factor model and the hierarchical model did not show an adequate fit to the data. All FSS subscales displayed acceptable internal consistency indices (a > .70) with the exception of transformation of time (a = .65). Collectively, the present results did not provide support for the tenability of the single- factor, nine-factor or hierarchical FSS measurement models in an exercise setting. Results are discussed in the light of the need to further improve the Flow State Scale for use in an exercise setting.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Pre-print verison of article, as made available here, differs in title from the Published version. Pre-print title: Hierarchical confirmatory factor analysis of the Flow State Scale in an exercise setting.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008 04:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flow State Scale; exercise
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/026404100419874
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4403

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