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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 245–266 | Cite as

A Multivariate Analysis of the Self-Determination of Adolescents

  • Laura Nota
  • Salvatore Soresi
  • Lea Ferrari
  • Micheal L. WehmeyerEmail author
Research Paper

Abstract

Self-determination is a general psychological construct within the organizing structure of theories of human agentic behavior. People who are self-determined act volitionally to serve as the causal agent in their lives. To provide a fuller understanding of the self-determination of adolescents, this study collected data on self-determination, quality of life, self-efficacy, and assertiveness for more than 1,400 Italian adolescents. We conducted a series of Multivariate Analyses of Variance to examine the relationships among, differences between, and associations with self-determination, including any differences as a function of age and gender as well as differences in quality of life, self-efficacy, and assertiveness as a function of level of selfdetermination. We also examined which quality of life factors were associated with enhanced self-determination and self-efficacy. Findings support the importance of self-determination to quality of life and enhanced self-efficacy.

Keywords

Self-determination Quality of life Self-efficacy Adolescents Assertiveness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Nota
    • 1
  • Salvatore Soresi
    • 1
  • Lea Ferrari
    • 1
  • Micheal L. Wehmeyer
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Developmental Psychology and SocializationUniversità degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Special EducationUniversity of KansasLawerenceUSA

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