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ERIC Number: EJ1101461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1940-1639
An Examination of University Student-Athletes' Motivations to Contribute
Deal, Colin Jeffery; Camiré, Martin
Journal of College and Character, v17 n2 p116-129 2016
Little research has examined why student-athletes contribute. "Contribution" can be defined as the actions taken by individuals that benefit their own well-being or that of their family, community, and civil society. The purpose of this study was to examine university student-athletes' motivations to contribute. Interviews were conducted with 10 university student-athletes (three males, seven females) between 18 and 22 years of age (M = 19.4). The findings indicated student-athletes engaged in contributions for reasons that satisfied their needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Additionally, motivations to contribute represented a complex interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic motives rather than a singular motive. Contribution experiences during the university years appear to help student-athletes make informed career decisions and to develop a willingness to be lifelong contributors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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