Perceived variety, psychological needs Satisfaction, and exercise-related well-being

Benjamin D Sylvester, Martyn Standage, A Justine Dowd, Luc J Martin, Shane N Sweet, Mark R Beauchamp

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Abstract

Objective: Perceived variety represents a psychosocial experience that gives rise to, and supports the maintenance of, an individual's well-being. In this study, we developed an instrument to measure perceived variety in exercise, and examined whether ratings of perceived variety in exercise predict unique variance in indices of exercise-related well-being in addition to that explained by satisfaction of the three basic psychological needs (for competence, relatedness, and autonomy) embedded within self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2002). We also examined the extent to which variance in perceived variety is empirically distinct from (or subsumed by), competence, relatedness, and autonomy in the context of exercise. Methods: A convenience sample of community adults (N = 507) completed online surveys twice over a six-week period (n = 367). Results: Perceived variety in exercise was found to prospectively predict unique variance in indices of exercise-related well-being, in addition to that explained by perceived competence, relatedness, and autonomy. Using exploratory and confirmatory factor analytic procedures, perceived variety was found to be empirically distinct from perceived competence, relatedness, and autonomy. Conclusion: Results from this work suggest that perceived variety holds potential for theoretical and applied advancements in understanding and predicting well-being in exercise settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1061
Number of pages18
JournalPsychology and Health
Volume29
Issue number9
Early online date22 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Sylvester, B. D., Standage, M., Justine Dowd, A., Martin, L. J., Sweet, S. N., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2014). Perceived variety, psychological needs Satisfaction, and exercise-related well-being. Psychology and Health, 29(9), 1044-1061. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2014.907900