The relationship of self-determination theory variables to exercise identity

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The relationship of self-determination theory variables to exercise identity

Moustaka, F.C.
Vlachopoulos, Symeon
Kaperoni, M.

Objectives: The aim of the present study was to examine the patterns of association of self-determination theory variables with exercise role identity and exercise beliefs as parts of exercise identity among men and women.Design: A cross-sectional study in which perceived autonomy support by the exercise instructor, basic psychological needs, behavioral regulations, and exercise identity were assessed among 733 exercise participants aged 18e64 yrs. Results: Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that all types of behavioral regulations and the fulfillment of the need for competence were associated with the exercise role identity part of exercise identity whereas introjected regulation, identified regulation, intrinsic motivation and the needs for competence and relatedness were associated with the exercise beliefs part of exercise identity. Conclusions: The findings revealed meaningful associations between self-determination theory variables and exercise identity supporting the relevance of self-determination theory in better understanding the processes related to the adoption and maintenance of an exercise identity.

Article / Άρθρο

Identity assimilation
Role identity
Φυσική δραστηριότητα
Physical activity
Behavioral regulations
Τύποι ρύθμισης της συμπεριφοράς
Ταύτιση με το ρόλο
Πεποιθήσεις σχετικά με την άσκηση
Αφομοίωση της ταυτότητας
Exercise beliefs
Basic psychological needs
Υποστήριξη της αυτονομίας
Bασικές ψυχολογικές ανάγκες
Autonomy support

Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης (EL)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (EN)

Αγγλική γλώσσα


Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Σχολή Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού, Τμήμα Επιστήμης Φυσικής Αγωγής και Αθλητισμού (Σέρρες)

Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol.12 no.3 [2011] p.265-272 [Published Version]

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