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Self-determination theory and diminished functioning: the role of interpersonal control and psychological need thwarting

Bartholomew, Kimberley and Ntoumanis, Nikos and Ryan, Richard M and Bosch, J. and Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie (2011) Self-determination theory and diminished functioning: the role of interpersonal control and psychological need thwarting. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37 (11). p. 1459. ISSN 0146-1672 (Submitted)

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Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1177/0146167211413125

Drawing from self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2002), three studies explored the social-environmental conditions that satisfy versus thwart psychological needs and, in turn, impact psychological functioning and well/ill-being. In cross-sectional Studies 1 and 2, structural equation modeling analyses supported latent factor models in which need satisfaction was predicted by athletes’ perceptions of autonomy support and need thwarting was better predicted by perceived coach control. Athletes’ perceptions of need satisfaction predicted positive outcomes associated with sport participation (vitality and positive affect) whereas perceptions of need thwarting more consistently predicted maladaptive outcomes (disordered eating, burnout, depression, negative affect, and physical symptoms). In addition, athletes’ perceptions of psychological need thwarting were significantly associated with perturbed physiological arousal (elevated levels of secretory immunoglobulin A) prior to training. The final study involved the completion of a diary and supported the relations observed in the cross-sectional studies at a daily level. These findings have important implications for the operationalization and measurement of interpersonal styles and psychological needs.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2011 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Keywords:self-determination theory, autonomy support, control, psychological needs, burnout, disordered eating, psychological well/ill-being
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Sage
ID Code:781
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