The Validation of the German Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale in the Context of Mental Health

  • The primary aim of the current study was to examine the unique contribution of psychological need frustration and need satisfaction in the prediction of adults’ mental well-being and ill-being in a heterogeneous sample of adults (N = 334; Mage = 43.33, SD = 32.26; 53% females). Prior to this, validity evidence was provided for the German version of the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale (BPNSFS) based on Self-Determination Theory (SDT). The results of the validation analyses found the German BPNSFS to be a valid and reliable measurement. Further, structural equation modeling (SEM) showed that both need satisfaction and frustration yielded unique and opposing associations with well-being. Specifically, the dimension of psychological need frustration predicted adults’ ill-being. Future research should examine whether frustration of psychological needs is involved in the onset and maintenance of psychopathology (e.g., major depressive disorder).

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Author details:Andreas HeisselORCiDGND, Anou PietrekORCiD, Barbara Flunger, Thomas Fydrich, Michael Armin RappORCiDGND, Stephan HeinzelORCiDGND, Maarten Vansteenkiste
Title of parent work (English):European Journal of Health Psychology
Place of publishing:Göttingen
Publication type:Article
Year of first publication:2018
Completion year:2018
Release date:2021/09/13
Tag:basic psychological need frustration; depression; mental health; need satisfaction; well-being
Number of pages:14
First page:119
Last Page:132
Funding institution:University of Potsdam
Organizational units:Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften
DDC classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Peer review:Referiert