Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 93–105 | Cite as

The moderating role of autonomous motivation in the job demands-strain relation: A two sample study

  • Sarah-Geneviève TrépanierEmail author
  • Claude Fernet
  • Stéphanie Austin
Original Paper


Although job demands are known to be detrimental to employees’ psychological health, research suggests that certain individual characteristics moderate this relationship to some extent. This two-sample study investigated whether autonomous motivation moderates the relationship between specific job demands (role overload, role ambiguity, and role conflict) and psychological distress. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses showed clear moderating effects, indicating that highly autonomously motivated employees experience less psychological distress in the presence of job demands than their less autonomously motivated counterparts. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed in light of the job demands–strain perspective and self-determination theory.


Autonomous motivation Job demands Psychological distress Self-determination theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah-Geneviève Trépanier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claude Fernet
    • 2
  • Stéphanie Austin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversité du Québec à Trois-Rivières (U.Q.T.R.)Trois-RivièresCanada
  2. 2.Department of ManagementUniversité du Québec à Trois-RivièresTrois-RivièresCanada

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