The antecedents and consequences of autonomous self-regulation for college: A self-determination theory perspective on socialization

Christopher P. Niemiec, Martin F. Lynch, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Jessey Bernstein, Edward L. Deci, Richard M. Ryan

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Abstract

Using self-determination theory, two studies investigated the relations among perceived need support from parents, their adolescents' autonomous self-regulation for academics, and the adolescents' well-being. Study 1 indicated that perceived need support from parents independently predicted adolescents' well-being, although when mothers' and fathers' data were examined separately, the relation was stronger for mothers than for fathers. In Study 2, autonomous self-regulation for planning to attend college was a significant partial mediator of the relation of adolescents' perceived need support to well-being. Thus, perceived need support from parents does seem important for the development of adolescents' autonomous self-regulation and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-775
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Autonomous self-regulation
  • Parenting
  • Psychological needs
  • Self-determination theory
  • Socialization

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