Understanding the coping process from a self-determination theory perspective.

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Purpose: To explore conceptual links between the Cognitive-Motivational-Relational Theory of coping (Lazarus, 1991) and Self-Determination Theory of motivation (Deci & Ryan, 1985) Method: We present a very brief overview of the two theories. We also discuss how components from the two theories can be examined together to facilitate research in the health/exercise domain. To this effect, we offer a preliminary integrated model of stress, coping and motivation, based on the two aforementioned theories, in an attempt to illustrate and instigate research on how motivational factors are implicated in the coping process. Conclusion: We believe that the proposed model can serve as a platform for generating new research ideas which, besides their theoretical relevance, may have important applied implications.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-60
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


  • Coach, Autonomy Support, Motivation, Sport, Self-determination Theory, concordance model, perceived locus, goal attainment, internalization, causality, exercise, support