Interpersonal relatedness, self-definition, and their motivational orientation during adolescence: A theorical and empirical integration. Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors examined a theoretical model linking interpersonal relatedness and self- definition (SJ Blatt, 1974), autonomous and controlled regulation (EL Deci & RM Ryan, 1985), and negative and positive life events in adolescence (N= 860). They hypothesized that motivational orientation would mediate the effects of interpersonal relatedness and self- definition on life events. Self-criticism, a maladaptive form of self-definition, predicted less positive events, whereas efficacy, an adaptive form of self-definition, predicted more positive events. These effects were fully mediated by the absence and presence, respectively, of autonomous motivation. Controlled motivation, predicted by self-criticism and maladaptive neediness, did not predict negative events. Results illustrate the centrality of protective, pleasure-related processes in adaptive adolescent development.(PsycINFO Database …

publication date

  • May 1, 2003