Achievement goal orientations and perceived physical competence profiles in adolescetphysical actitivy
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The objective of this study was to analyze the relationships between achievement goals and perceived physical competence in a sample of 4493 adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age (M=14.92, SD=2.08). A cluster analysis was performed to (1) identify cluster profiles of the adolescents based on their goal orientations and perceived physical competence, and (2) assess whether clusters differed in gender, age, and participation in physical activity. Three stable clusters reflecting different achievement goals and perceived physical competence profiles were identified: high, moderate, and low task orientation and perceived competence. Differences were found in genders, age, and physical activity frequency. The discussion focuses on the implications for educators, physical education teachers, and coaches and provides information for possible strategies to foster physical activity in adolescents.