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Autonomy in family decision making for Chinese adolescents: disentangling the dual meaning of autonomy

Beiwen Chen (UGent) , Maarten Vansteenkiste (UGent) , Wim Beyers (UGent) , Bart Soenens (UGent) and Stijn Van Petegem (UGent)
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The present study focused on the function of autonomy for individuals from a collectivistic culture, thereby differentiating between two prevailing conceptualizations of autonomy—namely, autonomy as independence and autonomy as self-endorsed functioning. Participants were 573 Chinese adolescents from both urban and rural regions. Autonomy as independence (versus dependence) was operationalized as the degree of independent decision making within the family, whereas autonomy as self-endorsed (versus controlled) functioning was operationalized in terms of the degree of self-endorsement reflected in motives underlying both independent and dependent decision making. Basic psychological need satisfaction was examined as an explanatory mechanism (i.e., mediator) of the association between autonomy and well-being. Results showed that relatively more self-endorsed motives for both independent and dependent decision making yielded a unique positive relation with psychological well-being, with psychological need satisfaction playing an intervening role in these associations. In contrast, the degree of independent decision making as such did not yield any significant relations with well-being or need satisfaction. Moreover, individual differences in collectivistic cultural orientation did not moderate any of the above associations. Discussion focuses on the distinction between the two viewpoints of autonomy and their meaning for Chinese adolescents.
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autonomy, independence, ADJUSTMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY, decision-making, WELL, CHOICE, NEED FULFILLMENT, INTRINSIC MOTIVATION, AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS, MODEL, PARENTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL, DETERMINATION THEORY PERSPECTIVE, self-endorsement, cultural orientation, basic psychological need satisfaction, self-determination theory, internalization

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Chen, Beiwen, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Wim Beyers, et al. “Autonomy in Family Decision Making for Chinese Adolescents: Disentangling the Dual Meaning of Autonomy.” JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY 44.7 (2013): 1184–1209. Print.
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Chen, B., Vansteenkiste, M., Beyers, W., Soenens, B., & Van Petegem, S. (2013). Autonomy in family decision making for Chinese adolescents: disentangling the dual meaning of autonomy. JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, 44(7), 1184–1209.
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Chen, Beiwen, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Wim Beyers, Bart Soenens, and Stijn Van Petegem. 2013. “Autonomy in Family Decision Making for Chinese Adolescents: Disentangling the Dual Meaning of Autonomy.” Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology 44 (7): 1184–1209.
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Chen, Beiwen, Maarten Vansteenkiste, Wim Beyers, Bart Soenens, and Stijn Van Petegem. 2013. “Autonomy in Family Decision Making for Chinese Adolescents: Disentangling the Dual Meaning of Autonomy.” Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology 44 (7): 1184–1209.
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Chen B, Vansteenkiste M, Beyers W, Soenens B, Van Petegem S. Autonomy in family decision making for Chinese adolescents: disentangling the dual meaning of autonomy. JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY. Sage; 2013;44(7):1184–209.
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B. Chen, M. Vansteenkiste, W. Beyers, B. Soenens, and S. Van Petegem, “Autonomy in family decision making for Chinese adolescents: disentangling the dual meaning of autonomy,” JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 44, no. 7, pp. 1184–1209, 2013.
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  author       = {Chen, Beiwen and Vansteenkiste, Maarten and Beyers, Wim and Soenens, Bart and Van Petegem, Stijn},
  issn         = {0022-0221},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keywords     = {autonomy,independence,ADJUSTMENT,SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY,decision-making,WELL,CHOICE,NEED FULFILLMENT,INTRINSIC MOTIVATION,AMERICAN ADOLESCENTS,MODEL,PARENTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTROL,DETERMINATION THEORY PERSPECTIVE,self-endorsement,cultural orientation,basic psychological need satisfaction,self-determination theory,internalization},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {1184--1209},
  publisher    = {Sage},
  title        = {Autonomy in family decision making for Chinese adolescents: disentangling the dual meaning of autonomy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022113480038},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2013},
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