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Title: Psychological need satisfaction and the prediction of behaviour
Author: Harris, Jemma
ISNI:       0000 0001 3535 4413
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: The University of Essex pre-October 2008
Date of Award: 2007
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The main aim of this thesis was to examine the role of generalised basic psychological needs from self-determination theory in predicting motivation, decision-making, anti, ultimately, behaviour. Chapter 1 provides an overview of relevant theories and perspectives, and provides a rationale for the studies reported within subsequent chapters. Chapter 2 reports a cross-lagged examination of constructs at all three levels of the hierarchy of motivation. Results of this study supported the hypothesis that global-level basic psychological need satisfaction exhibited the greatest stability within the hierarchy.However, this study yielded only weak suppOli for the existence of top-down and bottomup effects between global, contextual, and situational level constructs. Therefore Chapters 3 and 4 turned to an in-depth investigation of top-down effects and examined the role of basic psychological needs in a previously proposed integrated motivational sequence from contextual-level motivation to situational-level decision-making as reflected by the theory of planned behaviour.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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