A cross-cultural investigation into the relationships among parental support for basic psychological needs, sense of uniqueness, and happiness.

Omer Faruk Simşek, Melikşah Demir

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A significant number of empirical studies have reported that parental support for basic psychological needs is a robust correlate of adolescent happiness. Yet, less is known about the mechanisms responsible for this link. The present study proposed a model suggesting that personal sense of uniqueness explains why satisfaction of basic psychological needs in parent-child relationships is related to happiness. This mediational model was tested among late adolescents in Turkey and the United States. Analyses relying on structural equation modeling and bootstrapping supported the model in both cultures. Implications of the findings for theory and cross-cultural research are discussed. Directions for future research that could improve our understanding of the dynamic interplay between basic needs, sense of uniqueness and well-being are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-411
Number of pages25
JournalThe Journal of psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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