Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Kenneth Olson


The primary focus of the current study was to explore the relationships between a recently developed theory of fundamental psychological motives proposed by Reiss and Havercamp (1998) and other concepts in the areas of motivation and well-being. Specifically, the current study was an exploration of the relationship between these motives, three basic psychological needs proposed by Deci and Ryan (1985), intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, and optimism. Because there has been no prior published research attempting to relate the motives proposed by Reiss and Havercamp (1998) to any of these concepts, the current study was largely exploratory in nature. Results indicated that the Reiss motives overall were significant predictors of the basic needs proposed by Deci and Ryan (1985), components of well-being, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and optimism. Relationships between specific motives and the number of strong motives were also discovered in relation to well-being. Additionally, the needs were found to be significantly related to all components of well-being.


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