Self-determination and exercise stages of change: Results from the diabetes aerobic and resistance exercise trial

  • Fortier M
  • Sweet S
  • Tulloch H
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Little longitudinal research exists on the relationship between exercise self-determination and stage of change. This study investigated how self-determined motivation changes in patients with type 2 diabetes (N = 175) as they moved through the stages of change over a six-month exercise trial. Hierarchical linear modelling revealed that patients who progressed through the stages of exercise change had an overall increase in self-determined motivation, while non-progressors experienced a reduction in self-determined motivation from three to six months. These results indicate that individuals engaging in regular exercise at six months maintain initial increases in self-determined motivation. Findings are discussed in light of self-determination theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Exercise
  • Hierarchical linear modeling
  • Self-determined motivation
  • Stages of change
  • Type 2 diabetes

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  • Michelle S. Fortier

  • Shane N. Sweet

  • Heather Tulloch

  • Chris M. Blanchard

  • Ronald J. Sigal

  • Glen P. Kenny

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