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Passion and burnout in elite junior soccer players: the mediating role of self-determined motivation

Curran, Thomas, Appleton, Paul R., Hill, Andrew P. and Hall, Howard K. (2011) Passion and burnout in elite junior soccer players: the mediating role of self-determined motivation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 655- 661. ISSN 0895-2779

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.06.004

Abstract

Objectives The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between forms of passion (harmonious and obsessive; Vallerand et al., 2003) and athlete burnout, and whether these relationships are mediated by self-determined motivation. The proposed model posited that because harmonious passion originates from an authentic self, it will be positively associated with self-determined regulation. Conversely, because obsessive passion originates from ego-invested structures within the self, it will be negatively associated with self-determined regulation. In turn, consistent with research examining the relationship between motivation regulation and athlete burnout, self-determined regulation was expected to be negatively associated with athlete burnout. Design Cross-sectional survey. Method This model was tested in 149 (M age = 16.2, s = 2.0, range = 12–21) male junior athletes who attended soccer academies in the UK. Participants completed the Passion Scale (Vallerand et al., 2003), the Sport Motivation Scale (Pelletier et al., 1995), and the Athlete Burnout Questionnaire (Raedeke & Smith, 2001). Results Harmonious passion was negatively related to a latent athlete burnout factor, whereas obsessive passion was unrelated to a latent athlete burnout factor. The relationship between harmonious passion and burnout was fully mediated by self-determined regulation. Conclusions The results suggest that harmonious passion may offer some protection from burnout for athletes due to higher levels of self-determined motivation. Highlights ► Harmonious passion inversely predicted athlete burnout. ► Obsessive passion was unrelated to athlete burnout. ► Self-determined motivation mediated the relationship between harmonious passion and burnout.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 08:54
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 07:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101549

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