Sport involvement: A conceptual and empirical analysis

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Title Sport involvement: A conceptual and empirical analysis
Author Beaton, Anthony Allan; Funk, Daniel Carl; Ridinger, Lynn; Jordan, Jeremy
Journal Name Sport Management Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The conceptual roots of involvement are considered to better understand the construct's use in sport management research and practice. Sport involvement is conceptualized as a multifaceted construct representing the degree to which participation in a sport activity becomes a central component of a person's life and provides both hedonic and symbolic value. An empirical analysis of marathon runners (N = 3117) was conducted using three involvement facets of hedonic value, centrality and symbolic value to classify participants into theoretically meaningful groups within the broader, stage-based theoretical framework of the Psychological Continuum Model. The classification revealed behavioural differences suggesting runners with stronger psychological connections increasingly engage in the frequency, depth and breadth of running-related behaviours. Managerial implications are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Volume 14
Issue Number 2
Page from 126
Page to 140
ISSN 1441-3523
Date Accessioned 2010-12-13
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commercial Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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