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Table 2 Predictions between psychological need satisfaction, motivational type (controlled vs. autonomous motivation) and exercise across gender and age groups (standardized estimates)

From: Need satisfaction, motivational regulations and exercise: moderation and mediation effects

Regression weights Men Women Younger Older Full sample
   (18–45) (46–78)  
n = 286 n = 805 n = 539 n = 550 N = 1091
Need → Contmot -.20* -.29** -.21** -.30** -.26**
Need → Autmot .72** .66** .66** .70** .68**
Contmot → Exercise .26** -.07 -.03 .08 .02
Autmot → Exercise .23* .35** .35** .31** .33**
  1. Need = total need satisfaction factor; Contmot = Controlled motivation (combined external and introjected regulation); Autmot = Autonomous motivation (combined identified regulation and intrinsic motivation) *p < .05; **p < .01. A complete table with standard errors for the estimates can be obtained by request from the first author