Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach

Agormedah EK, Quansah F, Srem-Sai M, Ankomah F, Hagan Junior JE, Schack T (2023)
Frontiers in Psychology 13: 1-11.

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Agormedah, Edmond Kwesi; Quansah, Frank; Srem-Sai, Medina; Ankomah, Francis; Hagan Junior, John ElvisUniBi; Schack, ThomasUniBi
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**Background**
Previous studies have revealed that religious coping strategy is common among athletes due to the stressful experiences before and during competitions as part of the mental preparations they go through, the uncertainty of sporting outcomes, and other organizational issues they encounter. This research assessed the reproducibility of the Brief Religious Coping (RCOPE) instrument in an African setting using athletes’ samples from different countries. Particularly, the research sought to assess the (1) factor structure of Brief RCOPE with an African sample, (2) construct validity of the RCOPE measure, and (3) measurement invariance of the RCOPE instrument based on gender and nationality. **Methods**
The study surveyed a convenient sample of 300 athletes, including 164 male and 136 female athletes, from 3 African countries (Benin, Ghana, and Nigeria) who participated in the 2018 West African University Games. The Brief RCOPE instrument was administered to the athletes for validation purposes before the competition. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted using the ordinal factor analytic approach. **Results**
This validation study confirmed the two-factor dimension (positive and negative religious coping) of the Brief RCOPE measure. Further, all items for each of the dimensions of the inventory contributed significantly to the measure of the Brief RCOPE domains. The positive and negative religious coping dimensions contributed more than half of the variance of their respective indicators. Measurement invariance across gender and nationality was confirmed. **Conclusion**
Sufficient evidence was gathered to support the interpretation and use of the Brief RCOPE measure. Coaches and sports psychologists could adopt the Brief RCOPE measure to understand the mental or thought patterns of religious athletes based on existential concerns or stress accrued from impending competitions to inform appropriate religious coping interventions. This notwithstanding, the Minimum Clinical Important Difference (MCID) of the Brief RCOPE should be further investigated to enhance the utility of the instrument for use in intervention-based studies.
Erscheinungsjahr
2023
Zeitschriftentitel
Frontiers in Psychology
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13
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1-11
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1664-1078
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2968536

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Agormedah EK, Quansah F, Srem-Sai M, Ankomah F, Hagan Junior JE, Schack T. Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach. Frontiers in Psychology. 2023;13:1-11.
Agormedah, E. K., Quansah, F., Srem-Sai, M., Ankomah, F., Hagan Junior, J. E., & Schack, T. (2023). Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1038202
Agormedah, Edmond Kwesi, Quansah, Frank, Srem-Sai, Medina, Ankomah, Francis, Hagan Junior, John Elvis, and Schack, Thomas. 2023. “Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach”. Frontiers in Psychology 13: 1-11.
Agormedah, E. K., Quansah, F., Srem-Sai, M., Ankomah, F., Hagan Junior, J. E., and Schack, T. (2023). Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach. Frontiers in Psychology 13, 1-11.
Agormedah, E.K., et al., 2023. Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, p 1-11.
E.K. Agormedah, et al., “Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach”, Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13, 2023, pp. 1-11.
Agormedah, E.K., Quansah, F., Srem-Sai, M., Ankomah, F., Hagan Junior, J.E., Schack, T.: Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach. Frontiers in Psychology. 13, 1-11 (2023).
Agormedah, Edmond Kwesi, Quansah, Frank, Srem-Sai, Medina, Ankomah, Francis, Hagan Junior, John Elvis, and Schack, Thomas. “Reproducibility of the brief religious coping inventory with African athletes’ sample using ordinal factor analytical approach”. Frontiers in Psychology 13 (2023): 1-11.
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