Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Psychology & Research

Committee Chair

Leigh Harrell-Williams

Committee Member

Michael Medcalf

Committee Member

Christian Mueller

Committee Member

Denise Winsor


Physical activity (PA) has been important in reducing the number of chronic health conditions within the United States. To ensure that the effects of PA is transferred to ones life (Cerar et al., 2017), motivation has been considered a key factor that influences individuals initiation and maintenance of behavior (Molamourouzi et al., 2015). In order to address this issue, researchers have begun investigating PA by exploring peoples perceptions of their motivation for PA. One promising idea has been to focus on exercise participation motives (Markland & Hardy, 1993; Morris & Rogers, 2004) based on self-determination theory (SDT) of motivation (Deci & Ryan, 1985). Working from Deci and Ryans (1985) conceptual work, the present study sought to examine exercise participation


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest