TURK PSIKOLOJI DERGISI, vol.32, no.80, pp.80-92, 2017 (SSCI)
The aim of this study was to examine the mediator role of psychological need satisfaction on the relationship between authenticity and psychological symptom level. The sample included a total of 223 participants who were studying in different departments of Hacettepe University. Participants were given Demographics Form, Authenticity Scale-Short Form, Need Satisfaction Scale and Symptom Checklist (SCL-90) and the data collected were tested by Structural Equation Modeling. Correlation analysis before model testing indicated that authenticity and need satisfaction were significantly related to psychological symptoms in a negative direction. According to the results of SEM, it was found that the fit indexes of tested model were acceptable. Results pointed out that need satisfaction was a full mediator on the relationship between authenticity and psychological symptom level. The tested model indicated that constructs such as authenticity and need satisfaction should be taken into account to provide individuals' psychological health. Furthermore, because the findings implied that authenticity and in turn, psychological need satisfaction have positive effects on psychological symptoms, psychotherapy should focus on the improvement of these variables.