Prediction of the reasons for discipline in physical education

Juan Antonio Moreno Murcia, Eduardo Cervelló Gimeno, Teresa E. Zomeño Álvarez, Luis Miguel Marín de Oliveira


The main goal of this study is to validate Vallerand's hierarchical model (2001) to predict the causes of discipline through motivational climate and self-determined motivation, within a sample of 819 physical education teenage students. Learning and Performance Orientations in Physical Education (LAPOPEQ), the Sport Motivation Scale (SMS) and the Psychological Mediator Scale were the instruments used for this study. After several regression analyses, task climate proves most useful to predict cause motivation (intrinsic, introjected and identified) for discipline. These results encourage further experiment emphasising motivational climate associated to tasks.


Discipline; physical education; self-determined motivation; motivational climate; psychological mediators



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