Development and validation of the Moral Disengagement in Sport Scale

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Abstract

A sport-specific measure of moral disengagement was developed in 2 studies. In Study 1, a 59-item questionnaire was developed and tested with 308 athletes from 5 team sports. A series of confirmatory factor analyses (CIA) testing different models suggested the model that best fitted the data had 6 first-order factors that could be represented by 1 second-order factor. Study 2 involved 305 athletes from the same 5 sports. CIA confirmed the 6-factor, second-order structure for the final 32-item measure. Results from Study 2 supported the construct validity of the scale, providing evidence for the factorial, concurrent, convergent, and discriminant validity. The Moral Disengagement in Sport Scale (MDSS) is proposed as a valid and reliable measure of moral disengagement for use in the sport context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-628
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of sport & exercise psychology
Volume29
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007

Keywords

  • moral behavior
  • sport
  • confirmatory factor analysis

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