A Comparison of Competitive-Orientation Measures

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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We compared two sport-specific measures of competitive orientation, the Sport Orientation Questionnaire (SOQ; Gill & Deeter, 1988) and the Competitive Orientation Inventory (COI; Vealey, 1986), and an alternative 4-item version of the COL Male and female athletes and nonathletes at two small colleges completed questionnaire packets. Competitive-orientation scores were similar to those reported in previous research. The 4-item measure correlated with the COI, and neither of those measures correlated with the SOQ. As in previous studies, males scored higher than females on SOQ competitiveness and win orientation, and athletes scored higher than nonathletes on all SOQ scores. Our results suggest that the SOQ and COI do not assess the same competitive-orientation constructs. The SOQ assesses sport-specific achievement orientation; the COI assesses the relative importance of performance versus outcome. Our 4-item measure is comparable and provides a reasonable substitute for the more complex COI.

Diane L. Gill, Jeffrey J. Martin, and Christina M. Caruso are with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC 27412. Betty C. Kelley is now with the Department of Physical Education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901.