Motivation in Youth Sport and Physical Activity: Developmental Perspectives

Maureen R. Weiss, Alison C. Phillips

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Millions of children and youth participate in sports and physical activities, such as organized after-school programs, school physical education, and community classes. We review the developmental sport psychology literature on two major determinants of motivational orientations and behaviors in physical activity settings perceived competence and social influence by parents, coaches, and peers. Studies reveal robust processes and mechanisms of influence that suggest interventions for optimizing self-determined motivation and participation in physical activity. A physically active lifestyle, in turn, strongly contributes to positive developmental and health-related outcomes among youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

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  • Coach behaviors
  • Developmental
  • Friendship
  • Motivated behaviors
  • Motivational orientations
  • Parental influence
  • Participation motivation
  • Peer group acceptance
  • Perceived competence
  • Physical activity interventions
  • Youth physical activity
  • Youth sport


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