Olesen, Martin Hammershøj4; Schnieber, Anette4; Tønnesvang, Jan4; Thomsen, Dorthe Kirkegaard4
1 Ph.D. Program in Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University3 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
This study investigates relations between the five-factor model (FFM) and self-determination theory in predicting well-being. Nine-hundred-and-sixty-four students completed e-based measures of extroversion & neuroticism (NEO-FFI); autonomous- & impersonal general causality orientation (GCOS) and positive- & negative affect (PANAS). Correlation analysis showed moderate positive relationships between extroversion, autonomous and positive affect; neuroticism, impersonal and negative affect. Regression analysis revealed that autonomous explained additional 2% of variance in positive affect, when controlling for extroversion (P<0,001). However impersonal did not explain variance in negative affect when controlling for neuroticism. Self-Determination Theory seems inadequate in explaining variance in well-being supporting an integration with FFM.
International Journal of Psychology, 2008, Vol 43, Issue 3/4