Identified and introjected forms of political internalization: extending self-determination theory.


Canadian voters' reasons for following political events were assessed prior to the 1992 Constitutional Referendum and the 1993 federal election. Results showed that reasons reflecting identification were endorsed more frequently than those reflecting introjection, and distinctive patterns of cognitions, emotions, and actions were associated with the 2 types of internalization. Identification was associated with actively seeking information about political events, possessing a complex set of political attitudes, and being more likely to actually vote. Introjection was associated with relying on the influence of important others, experiencing conflicted emotions about political outcomes, and vulnerability to persuasion. The study also provided evidence that identification and introjection toward politics are distinguishable from intrinsic motivation and amotivation.


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@article{Koestner1996IdentifiedAI, title={Identified and introjected forms of political internalization: extending self-determination theory.}, author={Richard Frank Koestner and Ga{\"{e}tan F. Losier and Robert J. Vallerand and Daniela Carducci}, journal={Journal of personality and social psychology}, year={1996}, volume={70 5}, pages={1025-36} }