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FERNANDEZ-OZCORTA, Eduardo J.; ALMAGRO, Bartolomé J.  and  SAENZ-LOPEZ, Pedro. Predicting intention to remain physically active in university students. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp.275-284. ISSN 1989-5879.

The aim of this study was to integrate the achievement goal theory of approach and avoidance with the self-determination theory in exercise to assess the intent to remain physically active. It was theorized that the effect of mastery-approach on the satisfaction of basic psychological needs and the self-determination index would help to explain the intention to remain physically active. The study´s sample consisted of 422 physically active college students, of which 182 were women and 240 were men. Their ages ranged from 17 to 51 years (M = 21.47, SD = 4.07). According to the data, the mastery-approach goal predicts and mediates self-determined motivation. Based on these results, we strongly support that the 2x2 goal theory is useful for understanding exercise patterns rather than examining each separate objective. These results are discussed in the framework of the theories of self-determination and achievement goals.

Keywords : motivation; goals; intention; university.

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