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ERIC Number: EJ938766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1091-367X
Structural Validity of the Fear of Success Scale
Metzler, Jonathan N.; Conroy, David E.
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, v8 n2 p89-108 2004
Fear of success is a dispositional form of anxiety that can have harmful effects on athletes' motivation and performance; however, empirical research on fear of success in sport has been limited. Zuckerman and Allison's (1976) Fear of Success Scale (FOSS) has been the most popular fear of success measure used in sport, yet it is laden with theoretical, technical, and psychometric concerns that may limit the validity of scores. This study was designed to evaluate the structural validity of FOSS scores to establish whether existing models of scores are appropriate for people engaged in recreational and intercollegiate athletic pursuits. Confirmatory factor analyses of plausible one-factor and three-factor models did not reveal adequate fit for either model. Recommendations for advancing fear of success measurement are presented. (Contains 2 footnotes and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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