Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

International Family and Community Studies

Committee Member

Dr. Bonnie Holaday, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Susan Limber

Committee Member

Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta

Committee Member

Dr. Joel Williams


Introduction: This study is a testing, translation and cross-cultural domain specific adaptation of the Basic Psychological Needs Scale to assess basic needs satisfaction in birthplace choice of rural women in the Kashongi Sub-county of South Western Uganda. The purpose of this study is to test adapted quantitative survey tools that examine basic psychological needs factors and how they influence birthplace choice. Methods: The theoretical framework is Ryan and Deci’s Self- Determination Theory (SDT), a theory of human motivation. SDT is concerned with support for basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness to motivate behavior that is healthy and effective. A sample of 142 participants was engaged through community health workers in the Kashongi Sub-County of South Western Uganda. Results: Relevant findings of the research were as follows; 1) The adapted scales maintained structural integrity with recommended modifications as assessed through confirmatory factor analysis 2) The adapted scales demonstrated that birthplace choice was consistent with the domain for which participants reported higher level of overall basic needs satisfaction. Conclusion: The adapted scale performed as theorized in assessing basic needs satisfaction for birthplace choice.