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Capturing autonomy, competence and relatedness at work: construction and initial validation of the work-related basic need satisfaction scale

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The satisfaction of the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, as defined in Self-Determination Theory, has been identified as an important predictor of individuals' optimal functioning in various life domains. The study of work-related need satisfaction seems, however, hampered by the lack of a validated measure. To assist future research, the present study aimed to develop and validate a Work-related Basic Need Satisfaction scale (W-BNS). Using four Dutch-speaking samples, evidence was found for the three-factor structure of the scale, the discriminant validity, and the reliability of the three need satisfaction subscales as well as their criterion-related and predictive validity. The W-BNS may therefore be considered as a promising tool for future research and practice.
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JOB-SATISFACTION, WELL, MOTIVATIONAL MODEL, PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS, SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY, DETERMINATION THEORY PERSPECTIVE, WORKPLACE, EMPLOYEE, COMMITMENT, PERFORMANCE

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Van den Broeck, Anja, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Hans De Witte, Bart Soenens, and Willy Lens. 2010. “Capturing Autonomy, Competence and Relatedness at Work: Construction and Initial Validation of the Work-related Basic Need Satisfaction Scale.” Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 83 (4): 981–1002.
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Van den Broeck, A., Vansteenkiste, M., De Witte, H., Soenens, B., & Lens, W. (2010). Capturing autonomy, competence and relatedness at work: construction and initial validation of the work-related basic need satisfaction scale. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 83(4), 981–1002.
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Van den Broeck A, Vansteenkiste M, De Witte H, Soenens B, Lens W. Capturing autonomy, competence and relatedness at work: construction and initial validation of the work-related basic need satisfaction scale. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2010;83(4):981–1002.
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Van den Broeck, Anja, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Hans De Witte, et al. “Capturing Autonomy, Competence and Relatedness at Work: Construction and Initial Validation of the Work-related Basic Need Satisfaction Scale.” JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 83.4 (2010): 981–1002. Print.
@article{1006994,
  abstract     = {The satisfaction of the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, as defined in Self-Determination Theory, has been identified as an important predictor of individuals' optimal functioning in various life domains. The study of work-related need satisfaction seems, however, hampered by the lack of a validated measure. To assist future research, the present study aimed to develop and validate a Work-related Basic Need Satisfaction scale (W-BNS). Using four Dutch-speaking samples, evidence was found for the three-factor structure of the scale, the discriminant validity, and the reliability of the three need satisfaction subscales as well as their criterion-related and predictive validity. The W-BNS may therefore be considered as a promising tool for future research and practice.},
  author       = {Van den Broeck, Anja and Vansteenkiste, Maarten and De Witte, Hans and Soenens, Bart and Lens, Willy},
  issn         = {0963-1798},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {JOB-SATISFACTION,WELL,MOTIVATIONAL MODEL,PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS,SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY,DETERMINATION THEORY PERSPECTIVE,WORKPLACE,EMPLOYEE,COMMITMENT,PERFORMANCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {981--1002},
  title        = {Capturing autonomy, competence and relatedness at work: construction and initial validation of the work-related basic need satisfaction scale},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/096317909X481382},
  volume       = {83},
  year         = {2010},
}

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