Presentation Title

What Motivates You? Measuring Personal Growth Initiative and Motivation Orientation in College Students

Location

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 6:00 PM

End Date

4-17-2019 7:00 PM

Department

Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Matt Davis, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

As innovative systems increase the pace of society, the discussion around personal development continues to gain traction. The construct of personal growth can be characterized by awareness and intentional personal development (Robitschek, 1998). Robitschek created the multidimensional Personal Growth Initiative Scale II (PGIS-II). It is subdivided into four essential measures of personal growth initiative (PGI) including readiness for change, planfulness, using resources, and intentional behavior. The research on PGI relates to a wide variety of variables but does not clearly relate to motivational factors. Self-Determination theory (SDT) is a macro-theory providing a framework in which to study motivation, personality, and wellness. SDT posits that people are driven by both internal needs and external demands which are categorized as intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, and amotivation. Intrinsic motivation is based in autonomous reasoning, extrinsic motivation is a response to environmental rewards and punishments. Behaviors with a lack of purpose are categorized as amotivated. This present study uses the Academic Motivation Scale, College Version (AMS-C28) to measure these three motivation orientations in relation to PGIS-II scores. It is hypothesized that intrinsic motivation will correlate with higher PGI scores and a higher GPA, while amotivation will correlate with lower PGI scores

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What Motivates You? Measuring Personal Growth Initiative and Motivation Orientation in College Students

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

As innovative systems increase the pace of society, the discussion around personal development continues to gain traction. The construct of personal growth can be characterized by awareness and intentional personal development (Robitschek, 1998). Robitschek created the multidimensional Personal Growth Initiative Scale II (PGIS-II). It is subdivided into four essential measures of personal growth initiative (PGI) including readiness for change, planfulness, using resources, and intentional behavior. The research on PGI relates to a wide variety of variables but does not clearly relate to motivational factors. Self-Determination theory (SDT) is a macro-theory providing a framework in which to study motivation, personality, and wellness. SDT posits that people are driven by both internal needs and external demands which are categorized as intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, and amotivation. Intrinsic motivation is based in autonomous reasoning, extrinsic motivation is a response to environmental rewards and punishments. Behaviors with a lack of purpose are categorized as amotivated. This present study uses the Academic Motivation Scale, College Version (AMS-C28) to measure these three motivation orientations in relation to PGIS-II scores. It is hypothesized that intrinsic motivation will correlate with higher PGI scores and a higher GPA, while amotivation will correlate with lower PGI scores