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ERIC Number: EJ980268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Associations between Motivational Orientations and Chronically Accessible Outcomes in Leisure-Time Physical Activity: Are Appearance-Related Outcomes Controlling in Nature?
McLachlan, Sarah; Hagger, Martin S.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v81 n1 p102-107 Mar 2010
This study aimed to explore relations between chronically accessible outcomes in physical activity and scaled measures of motivational orientations from a self-determination perspective. Methods from construct and attitude accessibility research and the Levesque and Pelletier (2003) study were used to identify participants' chronically accessible desired physical activity outcomes. The authors hypothesised that chronically accessible appearance-related outcomes in physical activity, such as weight loss and toning up, would be related to controlling motivational orientations (indicated by a scaled measure), while chronically accessible outcomes unrelated to appearance (e.g., health improvement and enjoyment) would be associated with autonomous motivational orientations. The chronically accessible outcomes measure was used as a proxy for chronically accessible motivations, because desired outcomes drive behavioral engagement and represent the types of motivation people experience while pursuing behavior. The study will make a unique contribution to the social and health psychology literature by exploring the regulatory basis of the chronically accessible outcomes people pursue in their leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) behavior. (Contains 1 note and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)