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Title: Athletic Identity Mediates Between Exercise Motivation and Beneficial Outcomes
Contributor(s): Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid ; McNeil, Dominic  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: This project investigated the relationships between exercise motivation, athletic identity, exercise frequency and subjective well-being by drawing on concepts from Self-Determination Theory and athletic identity research. The conceptual framework underlying the research suggested that athletic identity would provide a link between exercise motivation and exercise frequency and subjective well-being. Four hundred participants completed exercise motivation, athletic identity, exercise frequency, and well-being measures. Both higher external and intrinsic exercise motivation were associated with a higher level o f total athletic identity and greater frequency o f exercise. Higher intrinsic exercise motivation was associated with more positive affect and life satisfaction and higher external exercise motivation was associated with more negative affect. Total athletic identity, self-referent athletic identity and social-referent athletic identity mediated the relationships between exercise motivation, exercise frequency and well-being. These results support conceptual links between exercise motivation, athletic identity and well-being and lay the foundation for future research.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Sport Behavior, 38(2), p. 234-251
Publisher: University of South Alabama
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0162-7341
Field of Research (FOR): 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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