An opportunity for change? Motivational predictors of exercise and health-related well-being in adolescent school leavers

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Abstract

Leaving school represents a time in which adolescents are likely to gain more ownership and choice regarding their health and lifestyle behaviours (e.g., exercise behaviour). Baseline data from a longitudinal study of 481 school leavers at the initial stage of this transition are presented and modelled using structural equation modelling. Results supported a model in which perceptions of autonomy support from others (viz., peers, parents, and teachers) positively predicted exercise-related need satisfaction and negatively predicted need frustration. Need satisfaction positively predicted relative intrinsic goals, autonomous motivation, and negatively predicted controlled motivation. Need frustration positively predicted controlled motivation and negatively predicted relative intrinsic goals. Autonomous motivation and relative intrinsic goals were positively associated with subjective well-being, vitality, and negatively linked with exercise anxiety. Autonomous motivation positively predicted exercise behaviour. Controlled motivation positively predicted exercise anxiety and was negatively associated with subjective well-being and vitality. Results of multisample analyses supported gender invariance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory - Rochester, USA United States
Duration: 27 Jun 201330 Jun 2013

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory
CountryUSA United States
CityRochester
Period27/06/1330/06/13

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    Emm, L., Standage, M., & Gillison, F. (2013). An opportunity for change? Motivational predictors of exercise and health-related well-being in adolescent school leavers. Poster session presented at 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, Rochester, USA United States.