Development of a measure of work motivation for a meta-theory of motivation

James C. Ryan

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This study presents a measure of work motivation designed to assess the motivational concepts of the meta-theory of motivation. These concepts include intrinsic process motivation, goal internalization motivation, instrumental motivation, external self-concept motivation, and internal self-concept motivation. Following a process of statement development and identification, six statements for each concept were presented to a sample of working professionals (N = 330) via a paper-and-pencil questionnaire. Parallel analysis supported a 5-factor solution, with a varimax rotation identifying 5 factors accounting for 48.9% of total variance. All 5 scales had Cronbach alpha coefficients above.70. Limitations of the newly proposed questionnaire and suggestions for its further development and use are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-755
Number of pages13
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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