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Conceptual Foundations

Self-Determination Theory: Intrinsic Motivation and Behavioral Change

Marie Flannery
ONF 2017, 44(2), 155-156 DOI: 10.1188/17.ONF.155-156

Motivation is a central concept in behavioral change. This article reviews the self-determination theory with an emphasis on “intrinsic motivation,” which is facilitated when three basic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, and relatedness) are met. Intrinsic motivation is associated with improved well-being and sustained behavioral change.

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