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Development and initial evaluation of the athlete eating psychopathology observation questionnaire for sport professionals

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posted on 01.02.2022, 14:56 authored by Sebastian Sandgren, Emma HaycraftEmma Haycraft, Carolyn PlateauCarolyn Plateau
Eating psychopathology symptoms are common in athletes, however, it is unknown which symptoms are detected, and to what extent, by sport professionals. This study aimed to develop and evaluate a self-report questionnaire to explore which features of eating psychopathology in athletes are detected by sport professionals, and how observation of these symptoms might vary. Thirty-one questions were developed, and 232 sport professionals (56% male) participated in the study. Exploratory Factor Analysis revealed a 20-item, 5- factor solution (Negative Affect, Dieting Practices, Fear of Eating in Social Contexts, Bingeing and Purging, and Compulsive Exercise). Participants most frequently reported observing athlete dieting practices, while symptoms of a fear of eating in social contexts were observed least frequently. This study has developed and preliminarily tested the Athlete Eating Psychopathology Observation Questionnaire (AEPOQ) which now requires further validation. The findings provide important directions for education initiatives with sport professionals regarding identification of eating psychopathology symptoms.

Funding

PhD studentship from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Human Kinetics, Inc.

Publisher statement

Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2021-0108. © Human Kinetics, Inc.

Acceptance date

30/01/2022

Publication date

2022-03-08

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1932-9261

eISSN

1932-927X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Emma Haycraft. Deposit date: 1 February 2022