Self-Determination Theory as a Framework for Understanding Women's Psychological Well-being Outcomes from Leisure-Time Physical Activity

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Lloyd, Kathleen
E. Little, Donna
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2010
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Self-determination theory (SDT) is used as a framework to understand how women's psychological well-being is influenced by participation in leisure-time physical activity and the social context inwhich activity occurs.Datawere collected during in-depth semistructured interviews with 20 participants and analyzed using constant comparison. Findings indicate women's well-being can be enhanced through casual participation in leisure-time physical activity if activity contexts support interaction between the elements of self-determination: competence, autonomy, and relatedness. Participant interactions during activities also play an important role in facilitating well-being outcomes. The findings qualitatively add to understanding and development of SDT as a legitimate psychological construct by explaining the key components of the theory through the participants own words and reflections.

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Leisure Sciences

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32

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4

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Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography

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