Conceptualizing Attitudes Toward Play: The Game Orientation Scale and the Context Modified Webb Scale

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Michael G. Lacy Colorado State University

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The purpose of this investigation was to advance recent discussion about the relative merits of two alternative instruments involved in the assessment of game orientation. Fourth- and fifth-grade students (N=471) responded to a questionnaire containing both the Game Orientation Scale (GOS) and an adapted version of the original Webb Scale referred to as the “Context Modified Webb Scale” (CMW). CMW and GOS scores were then compared with scores reported in previous studies using each instrument, and the relationship between GOS and CMW scores was investigated using a series of Kendall correlation coefficients. CMW scores behaved consistently with previous results, but a significant gender difference emerged, which had not been seen previously in the GOS. Despite the differences in the way the two instruments approach the specification of play context, and despite the fact that one measures relative values while the other measures absolute values, small but conceptually sensible correlations between the two instruments were found consistently.

Michael G. Lacy is with the Dept. of Sociology at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80521. Donald L. Greer is with the School of HPER at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0216.

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