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ERIC Number: EJ1005888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Identifying Support Functions in Developmental Relationships: A Self-Determination Perspective
Janssen, Suzanne; van Vuuren, Mark; de Jong, Menno D. T.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v82 n1 p20-29 Feb 2013
This study examines the content of developmental networks from the perspective of self-determination theory. We qualitatively examine 18 proteges' constellations of developmental relationships to identify specific types of developmental support functions. Our study shows that the adoption of self-determination theory leads to a theory-based classification of support functions. The results show the manner in which developmental relationships meet proteges' needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Proteges identified the importance of their developer's need-supportive functions to their success, including creating freedom, encouraging self-initiation (autonomy), emulating effective behaviors, confirming and praising (competence), and intimacy and self-disclosure (relatedness). Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are presented. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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