Department of Physical Education
Organizational stressors are a universal phenomenon which can be particularly prevalent and problematic for sport performers. In view of their global existence, it is surprising that no studies have examined cross-cultural differences in organizational stressors. One explanation for this is that the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP; Arnold, Fletcher, & Daniels, 2013), which can comprehensively measure the organizational pressures that sport performers have encountered, has not yet been translated from English into any other languages nor scrutinized cross-culturally. The first purpose of this study, therefore, was to examine the cross-cultural validity of the OSI-SP. In addition, the study aimed to test the equivalence of the OSI-SP's factor structure across cultures. British (n = 379), Chinese (n = 335), and Malaysian (n = 444) sport performers completed the OSI-SP. Confirmatory factor analyses confirmed the cross-cultural validity of the factorial model for the British and Malaysian samples; however, the overall model fit for the Chinese data did not meet all guideline values. Support was provided for the equality of factor loadings, variances, and covariances on the OSI-SP across the British and Malaysian cultures. These findings advance knowledge and understanding on the cross-cultural existence, conceptualization, and operationalization of organizational stressors.
Confirmatory factor analysis, demand, generalizability, occupational, psychometric, stress
Source Publication Title
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Arnold, R., Ponnusamy, V., Zhang, C.-Q. and Gucciardi, D. F. (2017), Cross-cultural validity and measurement invariance of the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP) across three countries. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 27: 895–903. doi:10.1111/sms.12688, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sms.12688. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Daniel Gucciardi is supported by a Curtin Research Fellowship.
Link to Publisher's Edition
Arnold, R., V. Ponnusamy, C-Q. Zhang, and D. F. Gucciardi. "Cross-cultural validity and measurement invariance of the Organizational Stressor Indicator for Sport Performers (OSI-SP) across three countries." Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 27.8 (2017): 895-903.