Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Associations Between Parental Autonomy Support, Basic Psychological Needs, and Psychological Well-Being Among Malawian Undergraduate Students
by Peters, Alfred George, Jr., Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 318; 28148121
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative study using a correlational design within a self-determination theory framework, was to determine if the associations between the conceptual variables of parental autonomy support, basic psychological needs, and psychological well-being from a sample of 804 Malawian undergraduate students ages 18 to 35 studying at two universities near Lilongwe, Malawi was consistent with previous research. Path analysis was used to test two models. Model 1 examined the extent that basic psychological needs and psychological well-being were associated. The results for Model 1, WLSMV-X2=986.268(417), p<.001; RMSEA= .041 (90% CI .038,.045); CFI=.928; SRMR=.048, provided strong support for the model. Model 2, which looked at mothers and fathers separately, examined the extent that parental autonomy support, basic psychological needs, and psychological well-being were associated. The Model 2 results for maternal data, WLSMV-X2=2059(1096), p<.001; RMSEA=.033(90% CI .031,.035); CFI=.924; SRMR = .050, provided strong support for the model. The Model 2 results for paternal data, WLSMV-X2=2071.002(1099), p< .001; RMSEA=.033(90% CI .031,.035); CFI= .920; SRMR=.052, provided strong support for the model. These results provided support the use of parental autonomy support, basic psychological needs, and psychological well-being for research and applications in Malawi.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: D'Urso, Patricia A.
Commitee: Girdley, Angela, Mills, Devin J.
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social psychology, Personality psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Basic psychological needs frustration, Basic psychological needs satisfaction, Basic psychological needs theory, Parental autonomy support, Psychological well-being, Self-determination theory
Publication Number: 28148121
ISBN: 9798672194370
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