Impact of Self-Orientations and Work-Context-Related Variables on the Well-Being of Public- and Private-Sector Turkish Employees

İMAMOĞLU E. O., Beydogan B.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol.145, no.4, pp.267-296, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 145 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00223980.2011.563328
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-296
  • Keywords: Balanced Integration-Differentiation Model, basic need satisfaction at work, employee well-being, public-private sector, relatedness-individuation, Self-Determination Theory, PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS, JOB CHARACTERISTICS, POSITIVE EMOTIONS, SATISFACTION, MOTIVATION, AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUALISM, LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONS, DISCREPANCIES
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The authors (a) explored the impact of individual differences in self-orientations (i.e., relatedness and individuation) of 383 Turkish public- and private-sector employees on their basic need satisfaction at work and their well-being (i.e., life satisfaction and psychological well-being); (b) considered differences in perceived autonomy- and relatedness-supportiveness of the work contexts; and (c) tested a model in which the relationship between self-orientations and well-being is partially mediated by the perceived supportiveness of the work context and the need satisfaction of employees at work, using structural equation modeling. Results suggest that self-orientations of employees predict their well-being both directly and indirectly through the mediation of perceived supportiveness and need satisfaction provided by the work context, which seem to vary according to sector type.