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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423


MARCOS PARDO, Pablo Jorge; ORQUIN CASTRILLON, Francisco Javier; BELANDO PEDRENO, Noelia  and  MORENO-MURCIA, Juan Antonio. Self-determination motivation in elderly practitioners of physical exercise. CPD [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp.149-156. ISSN 1989-5879.

The aim of this study was to test the predictive ability of the autonomous behavioral assessment, basic psychological needs and the rate of self-determination on the grounds of self-determined practice (fitness / health, social and enjoy) in elderly. The sample consisted of 237 trainees, aged between 65 and 85 years (M = 74.51, SD = 8.04). The multiple linear regression analysis showed that the motive fitness/health was positively predicted by perceived competence and self-determination index. In turn, social and enjoy the grounds were predicted by the assessment of autonomous behavior, perceived competence and the relationship with others. These results show the relevance of psychosocial factors in physical exercise healthy active aging in the population.

Keywords : motivation; basic psychological needs; physical exercise; old adult.

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