Validation of a Spanish-Language Version of the Weight Pressures in Sport Scale for Male Athletes

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The study purpose was to validate the psychometric properties of a Spanish-language version of the weight pressures in sport scale for male athletes. The weight pressures in sport scale for male athletes assesses risk factors associated with sport-specific weight pressures from coaches, peers, and team uniform. The scale was back translated and administered to 407 Spanish male college athletes. The sample was randomly split to perform the exploratory and confirmatory analysis. After item analysis, three items were removed. The exploratory analysis identified two latent constructs (referring to coaches and teammates pressures, and pressures due to uniform), and the confirmatory analysis produced a two-factor model (comparative fit indexSB = .946, Tucker–Lewis indexSB = .925, root mean square of approximationSB = .071, standardized root mean square residualSB =.068). The overall scale showed adequate internal consistency (α = .82) and demonstrated adequate convergent validity with the other questionnaires. The Spanish-language version of the weight pressures in sport scale for male athletes can be used to measure weight-related pressures among male athletes in sport psychology and clinical settings.

Teixidor-Batlle, Ventura Vall-llovera, and Andrés are with the Group d’Innovació Social i Educativa de l'Activitat Física i l'Esport (GISEAFE), National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain. Reel is with the College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA. Andrés is also with the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences, Ramon Llull University, Blanquerna, Barcelona, Spain.

Andrés (anaav2@blanquerna.url.edu) is corresponding author.
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