Perceived autonomy support, friendship maintenance, and happiness

Melikşah Demir, Metin Özdemir, Kendra Patrice Marum

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

30 Scopus citations


Decades of empirical research have shown that perceived autonomy support in close relationships is an essential correlate of happiness. However, what might account for the relationship between the 2? For this article, 4 studies (total N = 1325) investigated friendship maintenance as a mediator of the association between friendship autonomy support and happiness. The first 3 studies supported the model for the best friendship of the individual when happiness was assessed with 3 different measures. The 4th study extended the findings by showing that the model was generalizable to the other close friendship of the individual. Overall, the results supported the idea that engaging in routine and strategic behaviors to maintain friendships explains how perceived autonomy support in friendships is associated with happiness. The theoretical and applied implications of the findings were discussed and suggestions for future research were made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-571
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011


  • Autonomy support
  • Best friendship
  • Close friendships
  • Friendship maintenance
  • Happiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Perceived autonomy support, friendship maintenance, and happiness'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this