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“I must do this!”: A latent profile analysis approach to understanding the role of irrational beliefs and motivation regulation in mental and physical health.

TURNER, Martin, MILLER, Anthony, YOUNGS, Hope, Barber, Nia, Brick, Noel, Chadha, Nanaki, Chandler, Charlotte, Coyle, Melissa, Didymus, Faye, Evans, Andrew, Jones, Kelly, McCann, Bryan, Meijen, Carla and Rossato, Claire (2022) “I must do this!”: A latent profile analysis approach to understanding the role of irrational beliefs and motivation regulation in mental and physical health. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 0264-0414 (In Press)

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In the research concerning rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) in sport and exercise, irrational beliefs are proposed as a risk factor for health. Concurrent to this, researchers have also indicated that autonomous and controlled motivation, as proposed in organismic integration theory could, together with irrational beliefs, could determine individual health. However, research is yet to align irrational beliefs and motivation, and explore how this alignment relates to mental health. The present two study paper identifies individual subgroups, drawn from data concerning irrational beliefs, motivation, and health (psychological distress, and physical health), in a sample of exercisers (study 1) and student athletes (study 2). We examined the latent profile structure of irrational beliefs and motivation, and how these latent profiles relate to psychological distress (studies 1 and 2), and physical health (study 2). Results indicate a two class profile whereby class 1 is characterised by high irrational beliefs, low self-determined motivation, and poor health outcomes. Class 2 is characterised by low irrational beliefs, high self-determined motivation, and better health outcomes. The findings are discussed in relation to the theoretical implications for REBT and organismic integration theory, and the practical implications for key stakeholders in the health of exercise participants and athletes.

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Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of Sports Sciences. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.”
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Anthony MILLER
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 15:28
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 15:28

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