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Title: Relationships between intrinsic motivation, physical self-concept and satisfaction with life: A longitudinal study.
Authors: Martín-Albo Lucas, José
Núñez, Juan L. 
Domínguez, Evelia G.
León, Jaime 
Tomás, José Manuel
UNESCO Clasification: 61 Psicología
Keywords: Intrinsic motivation
Satisfaction with life
Physical self-concept
Cross-lagged panel, et al
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: 0264-0414
Journal: Journal of Sports Sciences 
Abstract: In this study, we examined the relationships between intrinsic motivation, physical self-concept, and satisfaction with life using cross-lagged panel models analysed via structural equation models. The sample consisted of 293 participants (148 men, 145 women) aged 18–70 years who performed diverse types of physical exercise. Three alternative models were tested. The data were better represented by a model in which physical self-concept mediates the relationships between intrinsic motivation and satisfaction with life. Specifically, the direct effects of intrinsic motivation on physical self-concept, and of physical self-concept on satisfaction with life were significant, with the amount of explained variance increasing over time. In conclusion, people who perform physical exercise regularly, and who have fun over time will tend to have a better physical self-perception and, consequently, more psychological well-being.
ISSN: 0264-0414
DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2011.649776
Source: Journal of Sports Sciences[ISSN 0264-0414],v. 30, p. 337-347
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