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Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivational Orientations in the Competitive Context: An Examination of Person–Situation Interactions
Article first published online: 11 AUG 2009
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Journal of Personality
Volume 77, Issue 5, pages 1615–1635, October 2009
How to Cite
Abuhamdeh, S. and Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2009), Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivational Orientations in the Competitive Context: An Examination of Person–Situation Interactions. Journal of Personality, 77: 1615–1635. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00594.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2009
ABSTRACT The current study examined Intrinsic Motivation Orientation and Extrinsic Motivation Orientation (Work Preference Inventory; Amabile, Hill, Hennessey, & Tighe, 1994) as potential trait-level moderators of the way Internet chess players responded to the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards of the chess games they played. On the basis of the defining characteristics of these 2 types of motivational orientations, we predicted that (a) Intrinsic Motivation Orientation would be associated with a stronger curvilinear relationship between challenge and enjoyment and (b) Extrinsic Motivation Orientation would be associated with a heightened affective responsivity to competitive outcome (i.e., winning vs. losing). Results supported the predictions. Implications of the findings are discussed.