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The Subjective Quality of Choice Technique: Qualitative Dimensions of Choice as a Self-orientation Activity

This article is dedicated to analysis of the main parameters of choice as a self-determination activity and to elaboration of a special tool for their assessment. Our aim was to allocate process-related subjective indicators of the quality of concrete choices. We developed and validated a 16-item questionnaire (called the Subjective quality of choice technique) measuring four qualitative dimensions of choice: mindfulness, emotional valence, self-determination, and satisfaction with the outcome. This 4-factor structure of choice parameters was relatively invariant in different real life situations of significant choices (local elections, university attendance, vocational orientation at high school and etc.). The Subjective quality of choice technique allows us to explicate the subjective picture of making personal choice as an intrinsically vs. extrinsically regulated process and to study its phenomenology.