Development of the dimensions of adult mastery motivation questionnaire

Doherty-Bigara, Jacqueline & Gilmore, Linda (2015) Development of the dimensions of adult mastery motivation questionnaire. Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 32(2), pp. 142-157.

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Mastery motivation is an important developmental construct that has implications for development across the lifespan. Research to date has focused predominantly on infants and children, with the Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire (DMQ) being the most widely used measure of mastery motivation. This paper reports on the development and initial validation of an adult measure: the Dimensions of Adult Mastery Motivation Questionnaire (DAMMQ). Six hundred and twenty-eight adults (68 % female) aged 18 to 90 years completed the questionnaire. Factor analysis produced 24 items that represented five factors: task persistence, preference for challenge, task related pleasure, task absorption and competence/self-efficacy. The DAMMQ was found to have good internal consistency, test-retest reliability and concurrent validity. Within group differences for age, gender and education are reported. The development of the DAMMQ paves the way for future research about mastery motivation in adult populations.

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ID Code: 91213
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mastery motivation, Questionnaire, Adults, Persistence
DOI: 10.1017/edp.2015.18
ISSN: 1839-2504
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Psychological Society Ltd
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 32(2), 142-157
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2015 22:43
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 23:23

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