Self-Determination Theory and Prosocial Behaviours in Young Football Players
David Sánchez Oliva
Francisco Miguel Leo Marcos
Pedro Antonio Sánchez Miguel
Francisco Rafael Gómez Corrales
Tomás García Calvo
*Corresponding author: Tomás García Calvo email@example.com
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Sánchez Oliva, D., Leo Marcos, FM, Sánchez Miguel, PA, Gómez Corrales, FR, & García Calvo, T. (2011). Self-Determination Theory and Prosocial Behaviours in Young Football Players. Apuntes. Educación Física y Deportes, 103, 31-37.
The aim of this study was to associate self-determination theory with prosocial and intentional behaviours in sport. To that end 97 football players aged 12 to 16 were used as a sample. Results showed a significant and positive relationship between the highest levels of self-determination and the appearance of prosocial behaviours and intentions. Moreover, it was also found that there is a strong relationship between affiliation and autonomy mediators and the presence of this type of behaviours, as other studies have previously demonstrated (Gagné, 2003). Finally, we suggest the need for parents and coaches to instil high levels of self-determination in players, with the aim of achieving an increase in sporting behaviour.
Received: Januaey 21, 2009
Accepted: February 5, 2009
Published: January 01, 2011
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