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.
|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|
|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|
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