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Gordeeva T.O. Self-determination theory: present and future. Part 1: The problems of theory development

Full text in Russian: Гордеева Т.О. Теория самодетерминации: настоящее и будущее. Часть 1: Проблемы развития теории
The Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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Self-determination theory (STD) reflects a modern approach to human motivation, personality and psychological well-being. Main issues of discussions at the conference on self-determination theory at Ghent university (May 13-16th, 2010, Belgium) are considered. Theory development perspectives, new directions of empirical studies, problems of cross-cultural universality of core theory principles are analyzed. Current researches that can be grouped around five sub-theories forming SDT namely cognitive evaluation theory, organismic integration theory, causality orientations theory, basic psychological needs theory, goal contents theory are presented. The second part of the article is devoted to main fields of self-determination theory application such as children-parents relationships, industrial psychology, clinical psychology and health psychology.

Keywords: self-determination theory, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, psychological well-being, activity efficiency, autonomy need, competence need, relatedness need, intrinsic and extrinsic life goals, autonomy support


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Received 21 June 2010. Date of publication: 3 September 2010.

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Gordeeva Tamara O. Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Psychology, The Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mokhovaya, 11/5, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Gordeeva, T. O. (2010). Self-determination theory: present and future. Part 1: The problems of theory development. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 4(12). Retrieved from 0421000116/0041. [in Russian, abstr. in English].

Gordeeva, T. O. (2010). Self-determination theory: present and future. Part 2: Issues of a practical application of a theory. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 5(13). Retrieved from 0421000116/0050. [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Gordeeva T.O. Self-determination theory: present and future. Part 1: The problems of theory development [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2010. N 4(12). URL: (date of access: 0421000116/0041. [in Russian, abstr. in English]

Gordeeva T.O. Self-determination theory: present and future. Part 2: Issues of a practical application of a theory [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2010. N 5(13). URL: (date of access: 0421000116/0050. [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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