Motivational factors, well-being and optimal functioning in teams

Merrett, Charlotte Kate (2016). Motivational factors, well-being and optimal functioning in teams. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Grounded in Basic Psychological Needs Theory (BNT; Deci & Ryan, 2000) and integrating theory from the group dynamics literature (i.e., team cohesion; Carron, 1982) this thesis extended current understanding of the determinants of optimal functioning in elite youth athletes and teams. The studies aimed to highlight the roles of task and social cohesion as antecedents and outcomes of basic psychological needs satisfaction (BPNS) in teams and provided supporting evidence of structural invariance across elite and non-elite competitive levels in hockey players. A team-referenced examination of the tenets of BNT in teams was supported providing a novel approach to the conceptualisation of optimal functioning in teams. The mediating role of BPNS in the relationships provided further information explicating the differing associations between the BNT-related variables between and within teams. The examination of rugby players’ perceptions of the coach-created climate revealed that autonomy support was negatively associated with mean rates of change in levels of negative affect over time. The chapters provided a systematic examination of the BNT processes that extends knowledge beyond conceptualisation and measurement of athletes’ perceptions with a focus on youth athletes operating within elite and non-elite teams.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Duda 1955-, Joan L. (Joan Lynne)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure


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