Current Psychology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 90–100 | Cite as

Mechanisms in Self-Determined Exercise Motivation: Effects of a Theory Informed Pilot Intervention

  • Karin Weman-JosefssonEmail author
  • Kristina Fröberg
  • Sara Karlsson
  • Magnus Lindwall


The purpose was to examine the effects of an exercise pilot intervention informed by Self-determination theory. The 64 participants were randomized into experimental and control group. The main questions were whether the intervention would influence (a) exercise level, (b) motivation quality, and (c) autonomy and competence need satisfaction. We also examined the indirect effects of self-determined motivation on exercise. Significant intervention effects were found regarding exercise level and motivation quality. Also, intervention effect on exercise was found to be mediated by motivation quality and identified regulation. The results provide interesting information about the underlying mechanisms involved in exercise behaviour change.


Exercise Intervention Motivation Self-determination 



This research was financially supported by the Centre for person-centred care at Gothenburg University and by Halmstad University.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Weman-Josefsson
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Kristina Fröberg
    • 2
  • Sara Karlsson
    • 2
  • Magnus Lindwall
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Food and Nutrition and Sport ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.School of Social and Health SciencesHalmstad UniversityHalmstadSweden
  4. 4.Centre for Person-Centred CareUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  5. 5.Research on Welfare, Health, and SportHalmstad UniversityHalmstadSweden

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