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Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction, Recovery State, and Recovery Timing

van Hooff, M. L. M., Flaxman, P. E. ORCID: 0000-0002-6417-2499, Soderberg, M. , Stride, C. & Geurts, S. A. E. (2018). Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction, Recovery State, and Recovery Timing. Human Performance, 31(2), pp. 125-143. doi: 10.1080/08959285.2018.1466889


This study aimed to provide insight into recovery from work-related load effects by examining (1) whether basic psychological need satisfaction (BPN satisfaction) during non-work days facilitates recovery; (2) whether the effect of BPN satisfaction is stronger in case of an unfavorable initial recovery state; and (3) whether the association between BPN satisfaction and recovery is stronger on non-work weekend days compared to nonwork weekdays. Data were collected across seven consecutive days from 205 employees (39% shift workers). Fatigue and depressed mood were assessed as indicators of (failed) recovery. Multilevel analyses revealed that BPN satisfaction during non-work days was related to improved recovery state. This association was stronger if employees had experienced elevated fatigue on the preceding day, and on non-work weekend days compared to non-work weekdays.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Human Performance , to be available online:
Publisher Keywords: basic psychological need satisfaction, effort, recovery, daily diary study, weekend, fatigue, depressed mood
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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