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Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2017) 16, 365 - 374
Research article
Reduced Spanish Version of Participation Motives Questionnaire for Exercise and Sport: Psychometric Properties, Social/Sport Differences
María del Pilar Vílchez, Cristina De Francisco

Faculty of Social Science and Communication, Catholic University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

María del Pilar Vílchez
✉ Faculty of Social Science and Communication, Catholic University of Murcia, 135, Los Jerónimos Avenue, 30107, Guadalupe, Murcia, Spain
Email: pvilchez@ucam.edu

Received:
12-12-2016 -- Accepted: 28-06-2017 --
Published (online): 08-08-2017

ABSTRACT

Understanding the motives that influence physical activity participation is important in order to orientate physical activity promotion and increase physical activity levels of practice of the population. Although many instruments been created and validated to measure motives to perform physical activity, one of the most frequently used scales during years is the Participation of Motives Questionnaire (PMQ) by Gill et al. (1983). Unfortunately, despite being so used and translated into many languages, there is no psychometric support for some factors about due to a low internal consistency. The purpose of this research was to present a reduced model of the Spanish version of the PMQ and to analyze the motives for sports participation. The Spanish version of PMQ was applied to participants of both sexes with ages between 12 and 60 years (M = 19.20; SD = 6.37). Factorial validity of the questionnaire was checked using exploratory and confirmatory analyses. Analysis of items and internal consistency of the factors were carried out. Reduced version measures seven dimensions (competition, status, teamwork, energy release, family/peers, skill development and health/fitness) with good values of validity and reliability (Cronbach’s Alpha were between 0.713 and 0.879). Different reasons for exercise and sport by sociodemographic variables were found. For example, females practice for exercise and sports for competition and teamwork than males Elite athletes practice more exercise and sport also for teamwork, skills development and health/fitness than amateurs. Finally those who have more experience, practice more physical activity and sport for competition, status and health/fitness.

Key words: Participation, motives, reduced version, PMQ, psychometric properties
Key Points
Motives for exercising has been widely researched but unfortunately, despite being so used and translated into many languages, there is no psychometric support for some factors about due to a low internal consistency.
Reduced version proposed has good values of validity and reliability.
Different reasons for exercise and sport by sociodemographic variables were found and many recommendations are explained.

 


  

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