Relationships among adolescents' weight perceptions, exercise goals, exercise motivation, quality of life and leisure-time exercise behavior: A self-determination theory approach

School for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK.
Health Education Research (Impact Factor: 1.66). 01/2007; 21(6):836-47. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyl139
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Exercise has an important role to play in the prevention of child and adolescent obesity. Recent school-based interventions have struggled to achieve meaningful and lasting changes to exercise levels. Theorists have suggested that this may, in part, be due to the failure to incorporate psychosocial mediators as they relate to behaviour change. Using a sample of 580 British schoolchildren, a model grounded in self-determination theory was explored to examine the effects of exercise goals on exercise motivation, leisure-time exercise behaviour and quality of life (QoL). Results of structural equation modelling revealed that adolescents perceiving themselves to be overweight and pressurized to lose weight, endorsed extrinsic weight-related goals for exercise. Extrinsic goals negatively predicted, whereas intrinsic goals positively predicted, self-determined motivation, which in turn positively predicted QoL and exercise behaviour. Furthermore, self-determined motivation partially mediated the effects of exercise goals on reported exercise behaviour and QoL. Multi-sample invariance testing revealed the proposed model to be largely invariant across gender. Results suggest that holding extrinsic exercise goals could compromise exercise participation levels and QoL. A role for teachers and parents is proposed with the aim of orienting young people towards intrinsic goals in an attempt to enhance future exercise behaviour and QoL.

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    • "Body dissatisfaction represents the discrepancy between an individual's current and ideal body size and shape, and its prevalence increases throughout adolescence [20] [21] [22]. Some studies claim that body and weight dissatisfaction represent worse health threats than obesity in itself, as they may trap adolescents in a vicious cycle of futile dieting, health compromising weight shifts, dysfunctional motivation for exercise, and thereby increased vulnerability for modern ideals of body size and shape [23] [24]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background. Physical exercise has positive effects on health. However, its associations with self-rated health and body image, which are important predictors for adolescents’ wellbeing and later morbidity, are complex. Methods. Cross-sectional survey among 2527 Norwegian adolescents. We examined the relations between self-reported gender, body size, amount and type of exercise and measures of self-rated health, drive for thinness, and desire to change body, with binary logistic regression analyses. Results. Girls and overweight students reported to a greater extent than their peers impaired self-rated health, weight concerns, and desire to change their body. Increasing amount of time spent on sports was related to improved self-rated health in a dose-responsemanner. Both girls and boys who engaged in individual sports with an advantage of leanness, but only girls engaged in teamsports, reported an increased desire to change the body. However, weight concern was not related to amount or type of sports. Conclusions. Physical exercise is positively related to self-reported health but has negative associations with body image for many adolescents. Health promotion efforts should consider this paradox and stimulate physical activity and sports along with body acceptance.
    Journal of Environmental and Public Health 06/2014; 2014. DOI:10.1155/2014/851932
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    • "mpetence and relatedness satisfaction . This finding is not surprising given that researchers have demonstrated intrinsic goals to be related to well - being through psychological need satisfaction ( Sebire et al . , 2009 ) and research demonstrating that self - determined motivation mediated the link between goal con - tents and quality of life ( Gillison et al . , 2006 ) . Unique to the current findings however , we found that autonomous motivation and satisfaction of competence and relatedness needs simultaneously produced the indirect effect between relative intrinsic goals and vitality . This finding underscores the importance of examining satisfaction of each psychological need in relation to goal"
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    • "The Behavioural Regulations in Exercise Questionnaire [29] served as a starting point. This scale is consistent with theoretical definitions and has shown good psychometric properties in adolescents [30]. Within SDT, integrated regulation is the most autonomous form of extrinsic motivation. "
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