Well-being in volleyball players: Examining the contributions of independent and balanced psychological need satisfaction

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Objectives:The purpose of this investigation was to test associations between the fulfillment of basic psychological needs and two dimensions of psychological well-being using (a) an additive model and (b) a balanced model.Design:This study employed a non-probability based sampling and a cross-sectional design.Methods:Collegiate volleyball players (N = 219; nfemales = 127) completed a battery of self-report instruments.Results:Aligned within Basic Psychological Needs Theory (Deci & Ryan, 2002) and study hypotheses (Sheldon & Niemiec, 2006), results demonstrated that basic psychological need fulfillment was associated with psychological well-being in the context of volleyball (R2adj ranged from 0.20 to 0.35). Balanced psychological need fulfillment was generally predictive, albeit minimally, of well-being indices beyond the contributions made by perceived competence, autonomy and relatedness.Conclusions:This investigation highlights the need for further study of BPNT in the realm of sport including assessments of balanced need satisfaction on markers of well-being.

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