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Mageau, Geneviève

Full Professor


  • Telephone 514-343-2460 Pav. PAVILLON MARIE-VICTORIN \ Ext. F309-6


Mageau, Geneviève


My current research focuses on the definition, the determinants and the outcomes of autonomy support (Grolnick & Ryan, 1989; Mageau & Vallerand, 2003) in hierarchical relationships in general, and in parent-child interactions in particular.

To be autonomy supportive is to consider another (e.g., a child) as a separate individual who has unique needs and feelings and who deserves respect and self-determination (Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000).  Autonomy support has often been operationalized using the following behaviors: (1) to acknowledge the other’s feelings, (2) to give a rationale for rules and demands, and (3) to provide choice and opportunities for initiative taking (Grolnick, Frodi, & Bridges, 1984; Koestner, Ryan, Bernieri, & Holt, 1984).

I am also interested in looking at the other key interpersonal dimensions (i.e., involvement and structure) and how they combine with autonomy support to foster optimal functionning.

Finally, I am co-leader of the How to Project, whose goal is to evaluate the effects of the parenting program called "How to talk so kids will listen & how to listen so kids will talk". This program teaches parents how to offer a clear and consistent structure to their children, while supporting their autonomy and maintaining a warm interpersonal relationship.

Areas of expertise


Ratelle, C. F., Carbonneau, N., Vallerand, R. J., Mageau, G. A. (in press). Passion in the Romantic Sphere: A Look at Relational Outcomes. Motivation and Emotion.

Carpentier, J.; Mageau, G. A. (2013). A look at autonomy-supportive change-oriented feedback in sport: The relative impact of quantity and quality. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 423-435.

Brien, M., Forest, J., Mageau, G. A., Boudrias, J.-S., Desrumeaux, P., Brunet, L.; Morin, E. M. (in press).  The Basic Needs at Work Scale: Measurement invariance between Canada and France. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 4, 167-187.

Bureau, J., Mageau, G. A., Vallerand, R. J., Rousseau, F. L.; Otis, J. (2012). Self-Determination: A Buffer Against Suicidal Ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42, 377-393.

Carpentier, J., Mageau, G. A.; Vallerand, R. J. (2012). Ruminative thoughts and flow as mediators of the relationship between passion and positive affect. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13,501-518.

Forest, J., Mageau, G. A., Crevier-Braud, L., Dubreuil, P., Bergeron, E.; Lavigne, G. L. (2012).Harmonious passion as an explanation of the relation between signature strengths’ use and well-being at work: Test of an intervention program. Human Relations, 65, 1233-1252.

Moreau, E.; Mageau, G. A. (2012). The importance of perceived autonomy support for the psychological health and work satisfaction of health professionals: Not only supervisors count, colleagues too! Motivation and Emotion, 36, 268-286.

Forest, J., Mageau, G. A., Sarrazin, C.; Morin, E. M. (2011). "Work is my passion”: The different affective, behavioral, and cognitive consequences of harmonious and obsessive passion towards work. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 28, 17-30.

Mageau, G. A., Carpentier, J.; Vallerand, R. J. (2011). The Role of Self-Esteem Contingencies in the Distinction between Obsessive and Harmonious Passion. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 720-729.

Whipple, N., Bernier A.; Mageau, G. A. (2011). A dimensional approach to maternal attachment state of mind: Relations to maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy-support.Developmental Psychology, 47, 396-403.

Whipple, N., Bernier A.; Mageau, G. A. (2011). Broadening the study of infant security of attachment: Maternal autonomy-support in the context of infant exploration. Social Development, 20, 17-32.

Mageau, G. A., Vallerand, R. J., Charest, J., Salvy, S.-J., Lacaille, N., Bouffard, T.; Koestner, R., (2009).  On the development of harmonious and obsessive passion: The role of autonomy support, activity valuation, and identity processes. Journal of Personality, 77, 601-645.

Milyavskaya, M., Gingras, I., Mageau, G. A., Koestner, R., Gagnon, H., Fang, J.; Boiché, J. (2009).  Balance across contexts: Importance of Balanced Need Satisfaction Across Various Life DomainsPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1031-1045.

Whipple, N., Bernier A.; Mageau, G. A. (2009). Attending to the exploration side of infant attachment: Contributions from self-determination theory. Canadian Psychology, 50, 219-229.

Downie, M., Mageau, G. A.; Koestner, R. (2008). What makes for a pleasant social interaction?  The motivational dynamics of interpersonal relations. Journal of Social Psychology, 148,523-534.

Forest, J.; Mageau, G.A. (2008). Les différents types de motivation au travail selon la théorie de l'autodétermination: définitions, conséquences et antécédents. Psychologie Québec, 25, 33-36.

Landry, R., Whipple, N., Mageau, G., Joussemet, M., Koestner, R., Didio, L., Gingras, I., Bernier, A.; Haga, S. M. (2008). Trust in Organismic Development, Autonomy Support, and Adaptation Among Mothers and their Children:  A Self-Determination Theory Approach to Parenting.Motivation and Emotion, 32, 173-188.

Trottier, C., Mageau, G.A., Trudel, P.; Halliwell, W. R. (2008). Validation canadienne-française du "Life orientation test-revised". Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 40, 238-243.

Vallerand, R. J., Mageau, G. A., Elliot, A. J., Dumais, A., Demers, M.-A.; Rousseau, F. (2008).Passion and performance attainment in sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9, 373-392.

Mageau, G. A.; Vallerand, R. J. (2007). The moderating effect of obsessive passion on the relationship between activity engagement and positive affect. Motivation and Emotion, 31,312-321.

Vallerand, R.J., Salvy, S.-J., Mageau, G.A., Elliot, A.J., Denis, P., Blanchard, C.; Grouzet, F. (2007). On the role of passion in performance. Journal of Personality, 75, 505-534.

Downie, M., Mageau, G.A., Koestner, R.; Liodden, T. (2006). On the risk of being a cultural chameleon: Variations in collective self-esteem across social interactions. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 12, 541-557.

Koestner, R.; Mageau, G. A. (2006). Assessing implicit and explicit self-esteem: Lessons from 50 years of motive research. In M. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem: Issues and answers (pp. 103-108). New York: Psychology Press.

Mageau, G. A., Vallerand, R. J., Rousseau, F. L., Ratelle, C. F.; Provencher, P. J. (2005). Passion andgambling: Investigating the divergent affective and cognitive consequences of gambling.Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 100-118.

Ratelle, C. F., Vallerand, R. J., Mageau, G. A., Rousseau, F. L.; Provencher, P. J. (2004). When passion leads to pathology: A look at gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 20, 105-119.

Guay, F., Mageau, G. A.; Vallerand, R. J. (2003). On the hierarchical structure of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational processes: A test of top-down and bottom-up effects. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 992-1004.

Mageau, G. A.; Vallerand, R. J. (2003). The coach-athlete relationship: A motivational model.Journal of Sports Sciences, 21, 881-954.

Vallerand, R. J., Blanchard, C., Mageau, G. A., Koestner, R., Ratelle, C. F., Léonard, M., Gagné, M.; Marsolais, J. (2003). Les passions de l'âme: On obsessive and harmonious passion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 756-767.

Rousseau, F. L., Vallerand, R. J., Ratelle, C. F., Mageau, G. A.; Provencher, P. J. (2002). Passion andgambling: On the validation of the French version of the Gambling Passion Scale (GPS).Journal of Gambling Studies, 18, 45-66.

Mageau, G. A., Green-Demers, I.; Pelletier, L. G. (2000). Supprimer notre ennui, mais à quel prix? L'effet paradoxal du contrôle mental de l'ennui durant une tâche fastidieuse. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 32, 29-39.