Component analysis and initial validity of the exercise fear avoidance scale

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  • Objectives: To develop the Exercise Fear Avoidance Scale (EFAS) to measure fear of exercise-induced discomfort. Methods: We conducted principal component analysis to determine component structure and Cronbach's alpha to assess internal consistency of the EFAS. Relationships between EFAS scores, BMI, physical activity, and pain were analyzed using multivariate regression. Results: The best fit was a 3-component structure: weight-specific fears, cardiorespiratory fears, and musculoskeletal fears. Cronbach's alpha for the EFAS was α=.86. EFAS scores significantly predicted BMI, physical activity, and PDI scores. Conclusion: Psychometric properties of this scale suggest it may be useful for tailoring exercise prescriptions to address fear of exercise-related discomfort. Copyright (c) PNG Publications. All rights reserved.
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  • Wingo BC; Baskin M; Ard JD; Evans R; Roy J; Vogtle L; Grimley D; Snyder S
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  • 87
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  • 95
  • Volume

  • 37
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  • 1