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Happy to be “me”? Authenticity, psychological need satisfaction, and subjective well-being in adolescence.

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Adolescents have a strong desire to “be themselves.” How does experiencing authenticity—the sense of being one’s true self—influence subjective well-being? What allows adolescents to experience authenticity? This research tests a working model of how authenticity is implicated in adolescents’ well-being. Using survey, diary, and experimental methodologies, four studies (total N=759, age-range=12-17) supported the main tenets of the model. Authenticity (1) enhances well-being, (2) co-varies with satisfaction of psychological needs for relatedness and competence, and is caused by satisfaction of the need for autonomy, and (3) mediates the link between need satisfaction and well-being. Authenticity is more than a powerful motive: It has robust, replicable effects on well-being, and may thus be a pervasive force in positive youth development.

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Thomaes, S., Sedikides, Constantine, Van den Bos, N., Hutteman, R. and Reijntjes, A. (2016) Happy to be “me”? Authenticity, psychological need satisfaction, and subjective well-being in adolescence. Child Development, pp. 1-26.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 March 2016
Keywords: authenticity, true self, psychological need satisfaction, subjective well-being, self-determination Theory


Local EPrints ID: 392914
ISSN: 0009-3920
PURE UUID: e706388b-6e7e-4f7d-85fe-22daa7fb28de

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Date deposited: 19 Apr 2016 10:11
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:23

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Author: S. Thomaes
Author: N. Van den Bos
Author: R. Hutteman
Author: A. Reijntjes

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