Testing a self-determination theory model of children's physical activity motivation: a cross-sectional study

Simon J Sebire, Russell Jago, Kenneth R Fox, Mark J Edwards, Janice L Thompson

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Abstract

Understanding children's physical activity motivation, its antecedents and associations with behavior is important and can be advanced by using self-determination theory. However, research among youth is largely restricted to adolescents and studies of motivation within certain contexts (e.g., physical education). There are no measures of self-determination theory constructs (physical activity motivation or psychological need satisfaction) for use among children and no previous studies have tested a self-determination theory-based model of children's physical activity motivation. The purpose of this study was to test the reliability and validity of scores derived from scales adapted to measure self-determination theory constructs among children and test a motivational model predicting accelerometer-derived physical activity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2013

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