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A bright and a dark path to adolescents’ functioning : the role of need satisfaction and need frustration across gender, age, and socioeconomic status

(2020) JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES. 21(1). p.95-116
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A central tenet of Self-Determination Theory is that the basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence represent universal psychological nutriments for adolescents’ functioning. This study contributed to the investigation of this universality claim by examining whether the satisfaction and frustration of basic psychological needs would relate, respectively, to adolescents’ wellbeing and psychological maladjustment across gender, age, and socioeconomic status (SES). Having gathered data in a large sample of Spanish adolescents (N = 1047; M = 14.68, SD = 1.53), through a series of confirmatory factor analyses we began by providing validity evidence for the Spanish child-adapted version of the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale (BPNSFS; Chen et al. in Mot Emot 39:216–236, 2015b. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-014-9450-1). A 6-first-order factor model, distinguishing the satisfaction and frustration of each of the three needs, better represented the data. In addition, evidence for measurement and structural invariance of the BPNSFS-child version across the three sociodemographic characteristics was largely achieved. Structural equation models further revealed that need satisfaction contributed uniquely to well-being, whereas need frustration contributed uniquely to adolescents’ psychological adjustment problems. Further, multigroup comparisons generally supported invariant patterns of relations across gender, age, and SES groups. Results are discussed in light of the generalizability of need-based dynamics among adolescents.
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Self-Determination Theory, Psychological needs, Universality, Well-being, Maladjustment, Adolescence, SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY, BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS, BINGE-EATING SYMPTOMS, AUTONOMY SUPPORT, FIT INDEXES, COLLEGE-STUDENTS, INTERVENING ROLE, NEGATIVE AFFECT, WELL, SCALE

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Rodríguez-Meirinhos, Ana, et al. “A Bright and a Dark Path to Adolescents’ Functioning : The Role of Need Satisfaction and Need Frustration across Gender, Age, and Socioeconomic Status.” JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES, vol. 21, no. 1, 2020, pp. 95–116.
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Rodríguez-Meirinhos, A., Antolin-Suárez, L., Brenning, K., Vansteenkiste, M., & Oliva, A. (2020). A bright and a dark path to adolescents’ functioning : the role of need satisfaction and need frustration across gender, age, and socioeconomic status. JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES, 21(1), 95–116.
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Rodríguez-Meirinhos, Ana, Lucía Antolin-Suárez, Katrijn Brenning, Maarten Vansteenkiste, and Alfredo Oliva. 2020. “A Bright and a Dark Path to Adolescents’ Functioning : The Role of Need Satisfaction and Need Frustration across Gender, Age, and Socioeconomic Status.” JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES 21 (1): 95–116.
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Rodríguez-Meirinhos, Ana, Lucía Antolin-Suárez, Katrijn Brenning, Maarten Vansteenkiste, and Alfredo Oliva. 2020. “A Bright and a Dark Path to Adolescents’ Functioning : The Role of Need Satisfaction and Need Frustration across Gender, Age, and Socioeconomic Status.” JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES 21 (1): 95–116.
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Rodríguez-Meirinhos A, Antolin-Suárez L, Brenning K, Vansteenkiste M, Oliva A. A bright and a dark path to adolescents’ functioning : the role of need satisfaction and need frustration across gender, age, and socioeconomic status. JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES. 2020;21(1):95–116.
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A. Rodríguez-Meirinhos, L. Antolin-Suárez, K. Brenning, M. Vansteenkiste, and A. Oliva, “A bright and a dark path to adolescents’ functioning : the role of need satisfaction and need frustration across gender, age, and socioeconomic status,” JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 95–116, 2020.
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  abstract     = {A central tenet of Self-Determination Theory is that the basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence represent universal psychological nutriments for adolescents’ functioning. This study contributed to the investigation of this universality claim by examining whether the satisfaction and frustration of basic psychological needs would relate, respectively, to adolescents’ wellbeing and psychological maladjustment across gender, age, and socioeconomic status (SES). Having gathered data in a large sample of Spanish adolescents (N = 1047; M = 14.68, SD = 1.53), through a series of confirmatory factor analyses we began by providing validity evidence for the Spanish child-adapted version of the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale (BPNSFS; Chen et al. in Mot Emot 39:216–236, 2015b.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-014-9450-1). A 6-first-order factor model, distinguishing the satisfaction and frustration of each of the three needs, better represented the data. In addition, evidence for measurement and structural invariance of the BPNSFS-child version across the three sociodemographic characteristics was largely achieved. Structural equation models further revealed that need satisfaction contributed uniquely to well-being, whereas need frustration contributed uniquely to adolescents’ psychological adjustment problems. Further, multigroup comparisons generally supported invariant patterns of relations across gender, age, and SES groups. Results are discussed in light of the generalizability of need-based dynamics among adolescents.},
  author       = {Rodríguez-Meirinhos, Ana and Antolin-Suárez, Lucía and Brenning, Katrijn and Vansteenkiste, Maarten and Oliva, Alfredo},
  issn         = {1389-4978},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF HAPPINESS STUDIES},
  keywords     = {Self-Determination Theory,Psychological needs,Universality,Well-being,Maladjustment,Adolescence,SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY,BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS,BINGE-EATING SYMPTOMS,AUTONOMY SUPPORT,FIT INDEXES,COLLEGE-STUDENTS,INTERVENING ROLE,NEGATIVE AFFECT,WELL,SCALE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {95--116},
  title        = {A bright and a dark path to adolescents’ functioning : the role of need satisfaction and need frustration across gender, age, and socioeconomic status},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-018-00072-9},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2020},
}

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