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Do Some People Not Need Their Needs Satisfied? An Exploration of Personality as a Moderator of Need Satisfaction and Academic Performance
by Parrigon, Scott, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2013, 51; 1551899
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of this study was to explore how personality variables moderate the relationship between need satisfaction, within the Self-Determination Theory framework, and academic performance. Students completed personality (Conscientiousness, Intellectual Openness, and Hardiness) and need satisfaction (Need for Competence and Need for Autonomy) measures in addition to a self-report of academic performance (GPA). As expected, Conscientiousness and Need for Competence both were found to have a positive effect upon GPA. Contrary to expectations, Intellectual Openness, Hardiness, and Need for Autonomy showed no relationship with academic performance. Consistent with the expectations of this study, the relationship between satisfaction of one's Need for Competence and one's GPA was moderated by Intellectual Openness. No moderating effects were found for Conscientiousness or Hardiness. These findings suggest that, while need satisfaction is often an important variable for many outcomes, it may not be universally necessary for academic performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pomerantz, Andrew
Commitee: Pettibone, Jonathan, Segrist, Dan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1551899
ISBN: 978-1-303-70732-2
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