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Self-determination theory and therapeutic recreation: The relevance of autonomy, competence, and relatedness to participant intrinsic motivation


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The purpose of this dissertation was to explore the relevance of autonomy, competence, and relatedness, the three innate psychological needs proposed by self-determination theory, to participant intrinsic motivation. The three needs of SDT have not previously been examined in an exploratory manner or applied to efficacy research in therapeutic recreation. If applied, therapists could use them to increase intrinsic motivation towards interventions in their participants.

The first manuscript discusses intrinsic motivation and self-determination and their presence in leisure and therapeutic recreation research. It details the experimental manipulation of autonomy, competence, and relatedness in a 2 x 2 x 2 design. A novel activity systematically varying in component support was introduced to 101 undergraduate students. The Intrinsic Motivation Inventory and Rated Needs Satisfaction were administered following the manipulation and participants were observed during a free-choice period to see if they chose to continue the activity as measures of intrinsic interest. Supporting competence and relatedness had main effects on intrinsic motivation. Supporting autonomy and relatedness together was also found to have a significant effect on intrinsic motivation. Implications for therapeutic recreation are discussed. The second manuscript reviews the importance of autonomy, competence, and relatedness in the lives of older adults, their impact on psychological well-being, and frequent absence in long term care settings. Research that addresses these deficits is then discussed with suggestions for application.

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Subject
Physical therapy;
Social psychology;
Clinical psychology;
Recreation
Classification
0382: Physical therapy
0451: Social psychology
0622: Clinical psychology
0814: Recreation
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Psychology; Autonomy; Competence; Experimental manipulation; Intrinsic motivation; Relatedness; Self-determination theory; Therapeutic recreation; Verbal messages
Title
Self-determination theory and therapeutic recreation: The relevance of autonomy, competence, and relatedness to participant intrinsic motivation
Author
Bell, Gena N.
Number of pages
92
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0050
Source
DAI-A 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109746143
Advisor
McGuire, Francis
Committee member
Cory, Allison L.; Kleiber, Douglas; Moore, D. DeWayne
University/institution
Clemson University
Department
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
University location
United States -- South Carolina
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3402493
ProQuest document ID
305193915
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305193915
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