Thesis: Acquisitive and protective self-presentation motives in exercise: Exploring predictors and implications
Self-presentation refers to individuals’ attempts to create a desired image in order to influence others’ impressions of themselves. In physical activity contexts, self-presentational processes are important because they are thought to shape individuals’ thoughts, behaviours, and feelings. As part of this research, we are interested in applying a new framework to better understand the types of self-presentation motives individuals may adopt during group-based physical activity. Drawing from existing theory, we believe that these motives may relate to individuals’ confidence beliefs, the achievement and social goals individuals set, individuals’ social anxiety, as well as how individuals behave in group physical activity settings.
Why my research is important
Although self-presentation is thought to be important in understanding physical activity, there is a lack of research into the different self-presentation motives that individuals may adopt. In this research, we seek to address this problem through the development of a framework of self-presentation motives. Basing our research in group-based physical activity settings, we aim to develop an instrument to measure self-presentation motives, and subsequently explore the possible predictors of these motives, as well as the outcomes they may shape. This research is important because it offers a new perspective on the forces that shape interpersonal and task-related processes in group-based physical activity settings.