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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic
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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic: Motivating Physical and Mental Health

Kennon Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner

Abstract

Self-determination theory is grounded in the belief that people work best and are happiest when they feel that they are in control of their own lives. This book explains the ramifications of the theory and provides clinical examples to show that it can be used to motivate patients undergoing treatment for such physical or psychological issues as diabetes management, smoking cessation, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. The first part of the book provides historical background to self-determination theory, showing that it is humanistically oriented and has thr ... More

Keywords: self-determination theory, diabetes management, smoking cessation, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, empirical research, humanistic psychology, academic psychology, self-help

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300095449
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095449.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kennon Sheldon, author

Geoffrey Williams, author

Thomas Joiner, author