Capturing autonomy, competence, and relatedness at work: Construction and initial validation of the Work-related Basic Need Satisfaction scale

  • Van den Broeck A
  • Vansteenkiste M
  • De Witte H
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Abstract

The satisfaction of the basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence,and relatedness, as defined in Self-Determination Theory, has been identified as an important predictor of individuals’ optimal functioning in various life domains. The study of work-related need satisfaction seems, however,hampered by the lack of avalidated measure. To assist futureresearch, the present study aimed to develop and validate aWork-related Basic Need Satisfaction scale (W-BNS). Using four Dutch-speaking samples, evidence was found for the three-factor structure of the scale,the discriminant validity,and the reliability of the three need satisfaction subscales as well as their criterion-related and predictive validity.The W-BNS maytherefore be consideredasa promising tool for futureresearch and practice.

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