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The relationship between self-determined motivation and physical activity in adolescent boys

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Physical education (PE) lessons and leisure-time represent two important opportunities for adolescents to accumulate moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

    Purpose: Framed by self-determination theory, this study investigated how much of the

    observed variation in adolescent boys’ MVPA levels (during PE and leisure-time) was explained by individual- and class-level motivation.

    Methods: Cross-sectional design. Adolescent boys (N ¼ 61, M ¼ 14.36 years, SD ¼ .48 years)

    completed motivation questionnaires and wore an accelerometer during a PE lesson and across 7 consecutive days.

    Results: Self-determined motivation toward PE predicted MVPA during PE lessons (R2 ¼ .31). Self-determined motivation toward leisure-time physical activity was positively associated with MVPA during leisure-time (R2 ¼ .08).

    Conclusions: Findings support the tenets of self-determination theory and suggest that motivation may be an important correlate of adolescent boys’ MVPA in PE lessons and during leisure-time. Also, results indicated that teachers’ behavior may be an important determinant of MVPA in PE lessons, while individual motivation may be more important in leisure-time.

UOW Authors


  •   Owen, Katherine B. (external author)
  •   Astell-Burt, Thomas
  •   Lonsdale, Chris (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Owen, K. B., Astell-Burt, T. & Lonsdale, C. (2013). The relationship between self-determined motivation and physical activity in adolescent boys. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53 (3), 420-422.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84882915231

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2128

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 420

End Page


  • 422

Volume


  • 53

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Background: Physical education (PE) lessons and leisure-time represent two important opportunities for adolescents to accumulate moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

    Purpose: Framed by self-determination theory, this study investigated how much of the

    observed variation in adolescent boys’ MVPA levels (during PE and leisure-time) was explained by individual- and class-level motivation.

    Methods: Cross-sectional design. Adolescent boys (N ¼ 61, M ¼ 14.36 years, SD ¼ .48 years)

    completed motivation questionnaires and wore an accelerometer during a PE lesson and across 7 consecutive days.

    Results: Self-determined motivation toward PE predicted MVPA during PE lessons (R2 ¼ .31). Self-determined motivation toward leisure-time physical activity was positively associated with MVPA during leisure-time (R2 ¼ .08).

    Conclusions: Findings support the tenets of self-determination theory and suggest that motivation may be an important correlate of adolescent boys’ MVPA in PE lessons and during leisure-time. Also, results indicated that teachers’ behavior may be an important determinant of MVPA in PE lessons, while individual motivation may be more important in leisure-time.

UOW Authors


  •   Owen, Katherine B. (external author)
  •   Astell-Burt, Thomas
  •   Lonsdale, Chris (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Owen, K. B., Astell-Burt, T. & Lonsdale, C. (2013). The relationship between self-determined motivation and physical activity in adolescent boys. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53 (3), 420-422.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84882915231

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2128

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 420

End Page


  • 422

Volume


  • 53

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United States