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Understanding the Coping Process from a Self-Determination Theory Perspective

By Nikos Ntoumanis, Jemma Edmunds and Joan L Duda

Abstract

Purpose: To explore conceptual links between the Cognitive-Motivational-Relational Theory of coping (Lazarus, 1991) and Self-Determination Theory of motivation (Deci & Ryan, 1985) Method: We present a very brief overview of the two theories. We also discuss how components from the two theories can be examined together to facilitate research in the health/exercise domain. To this effect, we offer a preliminary integrated model of stress, coping and motivation, based on the two aforementioned theories, in an attempt to illustrate and instigate research on how motivational factors are implicated in the coping process. Conclusion: We believe that the proposed model can serve as a platform for generating new research ideas which, besides their theoretical relevance, may have important applied implications

Topics: GV Recreation Leisure, BF Psychology
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bham.ac.uk:378

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