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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter introduces the self-determination construct and examines relationships between self-determination and hope, with an emphasis on issues pertaining to the development of self-determination. Self-determination is a construct situated in theories of human agentic behavior and autonomous motivation. People who are self-determined self-regulate action to satisfy basic psychological needs and to act as causal agents in their lives. The self-determination and hope constructs share common theoretical foundations in goal-oriented action, and understanding research in self-determination will assist in understanding pathways thinking, particularly in hope theory. The chapter ends with a summary and a list of questions for readers to consider.

Keywords: self-determination, autonomous motivation, casual agent, agentic behavior, goal-oriented action, pathways thinking

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