Origin of the self-test

The self-test builds on the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Need Frustration Scale (BPNSNFS) (Chen, B., Vansteenkiste, M., Beyers, W., Boone, L., Deci, E. L., van der Kaap-Deeder, J., Duriez, B., Lens, W., Matos, L., Mouratidis, A., & Ryan, R. M., 2015). The self-test with feedback reports for MoodSpace was developed by researchers at Ghent University (Nele Flamant,Maarten Vansteenkiste, Bart Soenens) and the Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education (Val├ęrie Van Hees).

Content of the test

The ABC test aims to screen basic psychological needs and to provide feedback. The screening includes 24 items concerning the basic psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness and competence. The items were selected from the validated instrument Basic psychological need satisfaction, need frustration, and need strength across four cultures (Chen, B., Vansteenkiste, M., Beyers, W., Boone, L., Deci, E. L., van der Kaap-Deeder, J., Duriez, B., Lens, W., Matos, L., Mouratidis, A., & Ryan, R. M., 2015).

Feedback report

Based on your answers, a feedback report will appear with a brief synthesis and advice on your ABC needs. The advice you receive is not a diagnosis, just an indication of how your ABC is currently doing. It is a snapshot that does not take into account specific circumstances or personal variables such as age or gender.

This test is not a diagnosis. If you are experiencing psychological symptoms, contact a doctor or another counseling agency. On MoodSpace.be you will find a lot of information about where to go for help.

Of course, this test offers no estimate about the future. Thus, it is not suitable for making a prognosis about possible future problems.

Data processing

The test is strictly anonymous. At no point are you asked for identity-related data. For statistical purposes, however, your age, gender and type of education are asked. But those answers can never be traced back to specific individuals.

Policy reporting and scientific research

The anonymous data collected are used at the group level for policy advice and scientific research. Every year, the Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO) reports to the Flemish government how many students use the self-test and what the overall results are. These results also allow to further optimize the self-test and the feedback report, as well as the overall help offer on MoodSpace. The evaluation of the self-test and the scientific processing of the results is done in collaboration with Maarten Vansteenkiste, professor of motivational psychology at UGent and principal investigator of MoodSpace.

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