Publication Date

2009-01-01

Availability

Open access

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies (Communication)

Date of Defense

2009-04-16

First Committee Member

Tom Steinfatt - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Andy Gillentine - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Diane Millette - Committee Member

Abstract

This study investigated the perceived locus of causality of motivation in high school football players. The Sports Motivation Scale (SMS) was used to study seven motivation subscales (IM to know, IM to accomplish, IM stimulation, EM identified, EM introjected, EM external and Amotivation) with respect to motivation among high school football players. This indicated that IM to know, IM to accomplish, EM identified and EM introjected were the best predictors of the participants? perceived locus of causality of motivation. The results indicate that when using perceived locus of causality for motivation, position played could be predicted 62 percent of the time. The study also speculates on ways in which communication could be used to affect motivation.

Keywords

Extrinsic Motivation; Intrinsic Motivation; Self Determination Theory

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