Relationships Between 3×2 Achievement Goals and the Satisfaction of the Basic Psychological Need for Competence // Relaciones entre metas de logro 3×2 y satisfacción de la necesidad psicológica básica de competencia



Published 08-01-2020
José-Antonio Cecchini Antonio Méndez-Giménez Cristina García-Romero


This is the first study that addresses the relationship between 3×2 achievement goals, which are built based on the way of understanding the competence, and the satisfaction of the psychological need for competence in schoolchildren. The sample consists of 263 (133 men and 130 women, M=12.40, SD=.49). Three measurements are taken over two years. Analyzes of structural equations are made using true intraindividual change. The results show the predictive value (transversal and longitudinal) of the six goal orientations on the satisfaction of the need for competence; however, they establish differences depending on definition and valence. These results support the latest advances in achievement goals theory, which offers a more precise definition of goals based exclusively on the perception of competence.
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