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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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SANCHEZ-OLIVA, David et al. Motivation and burnout in physical education teachers: incidence of thwarting of the basic psychological needs. CPD [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp.75-82. ISSN 1989-5879.

This work aims to assess the importance of the basic psychological needs to explain and predict the type of motivation and levels of burnout in physical education teachers. To achieve this purpose, the sample was formed by 357 male and female teachers, belonged to different public and private schools from Spain. A regression analysis by each dependent variable was conducted, which showed that thwarting of the needs of competence positively predicted amotivation, emotional burnout and effrontery, and negatively predicted intrinsic motivation and professional efficacy; thwarting of the need of autonomy positively predicted emotional burnout and negatively predicted professional efficacy. These results are consistent with Self-Determination Theory (Deci y Ryan, 2000; Ryan y Deci, 2000), emphasizing the importance of satisfaction of autonomy, competence and relatedness to optimize motivation and welfare in physical education teachers.

Keywords : teachers; motivational processes; emotional exhaustion; adolescence.

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