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The Intensity Side of Volition: A Theoretical and Empirical Overview of Effortful Striving

Brinkmann, K, Richter, M and Gendolla, GHE (2021) The Intensity Side of Volition: A Theoretical and Empirical Overview of Effortful Striving. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 28. pp. 97-108. ISSN 1612-5010

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Attaining sports or health goals requires not only a high motivation but also the willpower to translate sport-behavior intentions into successful action. This volitional regulation calls for the mobilization of effort to overcome obstacles in the pursuit of goals. The present article provides a theoretical and empirical overview of motivation intensity theory (Brehm & Self,1989) - a conceptual framework that makes clear and testable predictions about effort mobilization in various contexts. First, we present the guiding principles of this theory and its operationalizations by measures of effort-related cardiovascular reactivity and physical handgrip force. Second, we review a
selection of empirical tests of the theory’s basic assumptions and the impact of psychological moderator variables such as affect, fatigue, pain, and personality on effort mobilization. Finally, we
discuss important implications of those findings for the sports and health domains and make suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This version of the article may not completely replicate the final authoritative version published in Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie at 10.1026/1612-5010/a000323 . It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation. Please do not copy or cite without the permission of the author(s)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Hogrefe
Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 08:35
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2022 15:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1026/1612-5010/a000323
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14995
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