University students’ subjective well-being : the role of autonomy support from parents, friends, and the romantic partner

Authors: Ratelle, CatherineSimard, KarineGuay, Frédéric
Abstract: This study investigated the relations between perceived autonomy support from three significant sources (parents, friends, and the romantic partner) and university students’ subjective well-being (SWB) using two approaches: a variable-centered and person-centered approach. Participants were 256 university students (191 women, 65 men) involved in a romantic relationship. Results from both approaches revealed that students’ perception that significant individuals support their autonomy predicted higher levels of SWB. Furthermore, results from a person-centered approach suggested that students reported the highest levels of SWB when all sources were perceived to be highly autonomy supportive. Together, these findings support a sensitization process of need satisfaction. Implications for SWB and self-determination theory are discussed.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 16 June 2012
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 14 (3), 893–910 (2013)
Alternative version: 10.1007/s10902-012-9360-4
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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