High School Student Inactivity in Sport and Exercise: Arousal Avoidance, Pessimism, and Other Factors

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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As part of a sport and exercise participation questionnaire, samples of Hong Kong high school students (n = 1,496) and high school students entering university (n = 862) completed the Motivational Style Profile (MSP; 4). In addition, 1,493 high school and 848 university entrants completed the MSP-SE, a sport and exercise version of the MSP. Students also completed six extra items related to general life motivational orientations (LMOs) and one other item relating to the frequency of their sport and exercise participation. Based on their answers to this latter item, students were divided into inactive, active, and very active groups and their metamotivational profiles tested for differences. MANOVA techniques produced several significant differences among activity groups in metamotivational dominance and state balance dimensions. The results are presented, and then they are discussed in terms of their implications for sport and exercise provision in high school, university, and more general contexts.

Kerr is with Kokushikan University, Faculty of Health & Sport Sciences, 7-3-1 Nagayama, Tama City, Tokyo, Japan. Au and Lindner are with the University of Hong Kong-Pokfulam, Institute of Human Performance, 111 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.

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