Master of Arts (MA)
Communication Studies (Communication)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Tom Steinfatt - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Andy Gillentine - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Diane Millette - Committee Member
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.
Extrinsic Motivation; Intrinsic Motivation; Self Determination Theory
May, Jonathan Eric, "Communication and Motivation with Football Players" (2009). Open Access Theses. 207.