Exercise dependence: A systematic review

Heather A. Hausenblas, Danielle Symons Downs

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Background and Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to review the equivocal literature examining exercise dependence and deprivation. Method: A comprehensive literature search yielded 77 exercise dependence and 11 exercise deprivation studies, spanning 29 years (range=1970 to 1999), were reviewed. Results and conclusions: The research was characterized by three general approaches: (a) comparing exercisers to eating disorder patients, (b) comparing "excessive" to "less excessive" exercisers, and

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-123
Number of pages35
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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