Generalizability of the PSDQ and Its Relationship to Physical Fitness: The European French Connection

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 Université Paris-Sud Orsay
  • | 2 University of Western Sydney
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Two studies tested the generalizability of support for within- and between-construct validity based on responses to a French translation of the Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ) by high school students. The PSDQ is a multidimensional physical self-concept instrument designed to measure 11 components: health, coordination, physical activity, body fat, sports competence, global physical, appearance, strength, flexibility, endurance, and esteem. In the first study (N = 752), preliminary reliability analysis revealed strong internal consistency and overall stability. Confirmatory factor analysis provided support for structural equivalence with the original instrument. In the second study (N = 288), PSDQ factors were related to 13 external criteria of physical fitness; each was predicted a priori to be most highly correlated with one of the PSDQ scales. Bivariate correlations and CFA models supported both the convergent and discriminant validity of the PSDQ responses. These overall results demonstrated good support for the generalizability of the PSDQ with French adolescents.

UFR STAPS, Université Paris-Sud Orsay, Bâtiment 335, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France

SELF Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, Penrith South DC, New South Wales 1797, Australia.

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