Internalization of biopsychosocial values by medical students: a test of self-determination theory.

  title={Internalization of biopsychosocial values by medical students: a test of self-determination theory.},
  author={G. Christopher Williams and Edward L. Deci},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={70 4},
  • G. WilliamsE. Deci
  • Published 1 April 1996
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Two studies tested self-determination theory with 2nd-year medical students in an interviewing course. Study 1 revealed that (a) individuals with a more autonomous orientation on the General Causality Orientation Scale had higher psychosocial beliefs at the beginning of the course and reported more autonomous reasons for participating in the course, and (b) students who perceived their instructors as more autonomy-supportive became more autonomous in their learning during the 6-month course… 

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