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Personal Autonomy

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Psychiatry related information on Personal Autonomy

  • The concept of Advance Directives is consistent with the dominant value orientation in the American culture of self-reliance and individualism, which places a high premium on self-determination and control of one's own destiny [1].

High impact information on Personal Autonomy

  • OBJECTIVE: We applied the self-determination theory of human motivation to examine whether patient perceptions of autonomy supportiveness (i.e., patient centeredness) from their diabetes care providers related to improved glucose control over a 12-month period [2].
  • An analysis of data from four published studies that compared the self-determination of the PD of cervical mucus with the urinary luteinizing hormone (LH) surge was conducted [3].
  • Information-processing theory, Cooperative learning, Self-determination theory and Control theory are suggested as providing better theoretical support for PBL than Contextual learning theory [4].
  • Alien hand, free will and Arnold Pick [5].
  • The story of Adam and Eve, which depicts a growing self-determination being stymied and coming to grief, is a mythic epitome of this psychodynamic [6].

Chemical compound and disease context of Personal Autonomy

  • Previous relevant findings (Cantor, Norem, Niedenthal, Langston, & Brower, 1987) and self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985) were used to predict between-role differences in goal appraisal dimensions [7].

Gene context of Personal Autonomy

  • Sir John Eccles, 1903-1997. Part 2. The brain as a machine or as a site of free will [8]?
  • The historical interests and organized efforts of the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD) transcended language issues and focused on balancing the risks and the benefits of deaf self-determination [9].
  • The conflict for those treating patients who are trying to conceive by IVF includes respect for personal autonomy, nonmaleficence, justice, utility and the ethics of care [10].


  1. Addressing cultural incongruities of advance directives. Pacquiao, D. Bioethics forum. (2001) [Pubmed]
  2. Supporting autonomy to motivate patients with diabetes for glucose control. Williams, G.C., Freedman, Z.R., Deci, E.L. Diabetes Care (1998) [Pubmed]
  3. Accuracy of the peak day of cervical mucus as a biological marker of fertility. Fehring, R.J. Contraception. (2002) [Pubmed]
  4. Problem-based learning: why curricula are likely to show little effect on knowledge and clinical skills. Albanese, M. Medical education. (2000) [Pubmed]
  5. Alien hand, free will and Arnold Pick. Kertesz, A. The Canadian journal of neurological sciences. Le journal canadien des sciences neurologiques. (2000) [Pubmed]
  6. The role of an early-life variant of the oedipus complex in motivating religious endeavors. Osman, M.P. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. (2004) [Pubmed]
  7. Personal goals in social roles: divergences and convergences across roles and levels of analysis. Sheldon, K.M., Elliot, A.J. Journal of personality. (2000) [Pubmed]
  8. Sir John Eccles, 1903-1997. Part 2. The brain as a machine or as a site of free will? Karczmar, A.G. Perspect. Biol. Med. (2001) [Pubmed]
  9. Deaf autonomy and deaf dependence. The early years of the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf. Boyd, R., Van Cleve, J. American annals of the deaf. (1994) [Pubmed]
  10. Is in-vitro fertilization for older women ethical? A personal perspective. Perla, L. Nursing ethics. (2001) [Pubmed]
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