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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2012 August;171(4):459-71

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language: English

Comparison of the explanatory power of self-determination theory and self-efficacy theory with reference to motivation outcomes in table tennis

Ho M. S. H., Karageorghis C. I.

Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK


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Aim. This study compared the explanatory power of self-determination theory (SDT) (1) and self-efficacy theory (SET) (2) with reference to affective, behavioural, and cognitive motivational outcomes.
Methods. Data were collected from 137 table tennis players (age: M = 35.36 yrs, SD = 14.5 yrs; years of experience in table tennis: M = 13.0 yrs, SD = 12.9 yrs) who each represented their club competitively.
Results. A series of standard multiple regression analyses were used to analyse the data and the results indicated that SDT had greater explanatory power than SET.
Conclusion. Based on the present findings, a variety of practical recommendations are offered with a view to optimising the motivational climate for table tennis players.

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