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FIN, Gracielle; BARETTA, Elisabeth; MORENO-MURCIA, Juan Antonio  and  NODARI JUNIOR, Rudy José. Autonomy Support, Motivation, Satisfaction and Physical Activity Level in Physical Education Class. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.4, pp.88-99. ISSN 1657-9267.

The aim of this study was to identify the motivational profile and relate it to teacher autonomy support, basic psychological needs, exercise enjoyment, and level of physical activity in a sample of 615 Brazilian adolescents (327 girls and 288 boys), aged between 12 and 14 years (M = 13.3, DT = .79). One group was identified as more self-determined with high intrinsic motivation and introjected regulation scores, while the other showed no self-determination, with high external regulation and demotivation. Self-determined adolescents perceive greater teacher support; exhibit better fulfillment of basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness; show greater enjoyment in physical education classes and engage in more physical activity.

Keywords : Motivation; self-determination; physical activity; adolescents.

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