Prediction of positive behaviors in physical education: A self-determination theory perspective

David Sánchez-Oliva, Carme Viladrich, Diana Amado, Inmaculada González-Ponce, Tomás García-Calvo

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This study examines the motivational antecedents that might influence on positive behaviors in physical education classes. The sample comprised 1692 pupils ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old (M = 13.34; SD =.76), recruited from 99 school classes in 32 public secondary schools. A complete model of structural regression is tested taking into account the multilevel nature of the data, showing how the perception of basic psychological needs support predicts the types of motivation through the basic psychological needs satisfaction, and the types of motivation predict the positive behaviors. The results emphasize motivational processes as key factors for the development of adaptive behaviors in physical education context. © UPV/EHU.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-406
JournalRevista de Psicodidactica
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Adaptative behaviours
  • Adolescents
  • Basic psychological need
  • Self-determinated motivation

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