Temporal precedence of physical literacy and basic psychological needs satisfaction: A cross-lagged longitudinal analysis of university students

Fong Jia Wang, Chih Fu Cheng, Mei Yen Chen, Kim Wai Raymond Sum

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Abstract

Purpose: Building on self-determination theory and extending research in the physical education context in terms of basic psychological needs satisfaction and physical literacy, this study examines the bidirectional effects of basic psychological needs satisfaction and physical literacy over time in a university physical literacy context. Method: Using a two-wave design, data were collected twice with an 18-week time lag from a sample of 549 university students. Utilizing full cross-lagged analyses, we examined the bidirectional effects between basic psychological needs satisfaction and physical literacy. Results: The results provide support for a positive relationship between physical literacy (Time 1) and basic psychological needs satisfaction (Time 2), but we cannot reject the possibility of a bidirectional relation, supporting our expectations. Conclusion: Overall, the study highlights the importance of a reciprocal relationship between physical literacy and basic psychological needs satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4615
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun 2

Keywords

  • Cross-lagged panel design
  • Physical literacy
  • Self-determination theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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