Degree Level


First Advisor

Jennifer Zwahr-Castro, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Camille Langston, Ph.D



LCSH subject

COVID-19 (Disease); Adults -- Mental health; Social isolation; Social distance; Self-actualization (Psychology);


The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in worldwide lockdown measures which saw individuals confined to their homes and isolated from one another. This isolation led to reduced opportunities to engage in physical activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on individuals’ motivation to be physically active. Subsequently the impact of COVID-19 on various motivation types was investigated. Individuals
who reported higher levels of autonomous physical activity motivation did not report greater satisfaction with mental health than participants with less autonomous motivation. However, 90.9% of individuals who reported less autonomous motivation reported that they were not satisfied with their current mental health. Of individuals who were autonomously motivated, 66% were unhappy with their mental health. The results showed that there is no significant relationship between physical activity motivation and mental health satisfaction. The results also showed that 70.3% of participants are currently unhappy with their mental health. The study was limited by the fact that individuals' previous levels of activity were unknown. Further studies should be conducted to investigate the source of the reported dissatisfaction with mental health.

Publication Date

Spring 2-14-2023

Document Type


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
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