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Title: Self-determined motivation and its effects on health-based self-regulatory processes
Author: Murphy, Stephen
ISNI:       0000 0004 7970 7542
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2019
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Performing exercise regularly is important for individual and society, yet effective self-regulation can be difficult. The present thesis builds upon previous literature by examining whether the content of individuals motives influence their ability to effectively self-regulate in the exercise domain. It is well-known autonomous motives enhance optimal exercise engagement relative to controlling motives. However, it is not well understood whether these motives also explain the frequency of, and emotional responses to, lapse, outcomes of which have implications for long-term exercise adherence. Similarly, although a positive link between autonomous motivation and the ability to persist amidst adversity may explain broader self-regulatory outcomes (e.g., greater exercise longevity), it is not comprehensively known whether priming autonomous motivation, which may complement more explicit motivational manipulations, can also promote persistence. Interestingly, priming autonomous motivation may also render individuals more inclined to plan more optimal exercise plans following persistence-requiring engagement, however, this effect has only been demonstrated in the absence of prior persistence. Finally, although distinct motives for exercise explain adherence to attendance-related intentions (e.g., 'I will go to the gym today'), whether these motives also explain adherence to effort-related exercise intentions (e.g., 'I will exercise at a high-intensity today') remains uninvestigated.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified ; Self-Determination Theory ; Lapse ; Self-Regulation ; exercise activity