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Title: The 'why' and 'why not' of job search behaviour: Their relation to searching, unemployment experience, and well-being
Authors: Vansteenkiste, Maarten ×
Lens, Willy
Dewitte, Siegfried
De Witte, Hans
Deci, EL #
Issue Date: May-2004
Publisher: John wiley & sons ltd
Series Title: European journal of social psychology vol:34 issue:3 pages:345-363
Abstract: Two studies (n = 273 and 254) used self-determination theory (SDT) to examine unemployed people's motivation both to search and not to search for a job. The self-regulation questionnaire format (Ryan & Connell, 1989) was used to assess participants' autonomous and controlled job-search motivation (the 'why' of job search) as well as their amotivation for searching. Additionally, both autonomous and controlled motivation for not searching (the 'why not' of job search) was assessed. Results provide validity for these five motivational constructs and indicate, in line with SDT, that the constructs predicted reports of search behaviour affective experiences, and well-being. The addition of autonomous and controlled motivation for not searching contributed additional predictive power beyond the motivational constructs that focused only on searching. Copyright (C) 2004 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.
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ISSN: 0046-2772
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Motivation Psychology (-)
Research Centre for Marketing and Consumer Science, Leuven
Occupational & Organisational Psychology and Professional Learning - miscellaneous
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