The role of basic psychological needs in the perception of job insecurity

  • Jasmina Knežević High Vocational School for Teachers and Trainers, Subotica
  • Tatjana Krstić University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychology
Keywords: autonomy, competence, moderating effect, perception of threat


The aim of this study was to investigate whether satisfied basic psychological needs reduce the perception of threat generated by job insecurity, defined as self-assessment of the availability of the working role to its performers in the foreseeable future. The study included 310 participants employed in 24 companies, who completed the Perception of Job Insecurity Scale and Need Satisfaction Scale. The hypotheses were tested with multiple regression analyses. The results point to the importance of two basic needs – Autonomy and Competence – as factors that reduce the level of perceived job insecurity. This study broadens the understanding of personality resources as factors that moderate the perception of job insecurity and confirms the self-determination theory in the organisational context. Satisfying the needs for autonomy and competence can serve as a basis for interventions aimed at strengthening resilience to stress in employees.


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