Influence Factors of College Students' Creativity: The Effect of Self-Esteem and Motivation
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 8, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages: 45-54
Received: Apr. 2, 2019; Published: Jun. 15, 2019
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Lu Liu, College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China
Sheng Lin, College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China
Jinlan Liu, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, People's Republic of China
Jingyi Zhang, College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China
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This study attempted to examine the influence of self-esteem and learning motivation for college students' creativity. Data was obtained from 530 students in 11 schools of 7 cities in China. From the results: (1) self-esteem (self-competence and self-liking) has a significantly positive influence on creativity; (2) IM (internal motivation) and SEM (synergistic external motivation) have significantly positive influences on creativity; (3) IM mediates the relationship between SEM and creativity, IM mediates the relationship between self-competence and creativity; (4) N-SEM (non-synergistic external motivation) moderated the relationship between self-esteem and creativity. When the level of individual self-esteem is higher, the higher N-SEM has a stronger promoting effect on creativity. Thus, self-esteem and motivation both impact on creativity, and constitute a dynamic cycle system of creativity which improving constantly. Implications of this study are further discussed.
Self-Esteem, Internal Motivation, External Motivation, Creativity
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Lu Liu, Sheng Lin, Jinlan Liu, Jingyi Zhang, Influence Factors of College Students' Creativity: The Effect of Self-Esteem and Motivation, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 2, 2019, pp. 45-54. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20190802.13
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