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The paper investigates the effect of social axioms on the relationship between basic psychological needs and subjective well-being in two groups of adults residing in two different cultural contexts, Romania and the UK. Participants aged 18 to 60 completed an online survey between 22 May 2019 and 1 March 2021. A sample of 425 Romanian participants (M = 40.34, SD = 11.235) answered a questionnaire written in the Romanian language, and 137 English-speaking participants (M = 28.24, SD = 10.741) responded to the same questionnaire but written in the English language. In this study, we used the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale – General Measure (Chen et al., 2015), which measured the basic psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence; the Social Axioms Survey II (Leung et al., 2012), which measured social axioms; the 5-item World Health Organization Well-Being Index, WHO-5 (1998), which measured the subjective well-being. Analyzing the relationships between social axioms, basic psychological needs, and well-being, we obtained significant results only for the variable social cynicism. We found that social cynicism mediates the relationship between basic psychological needs and subjective well-being for both participants. Also, we found that the reward for application acts as a mediator but only for English-speaking participants.


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Cătălin Mosoia, Școala de Studii Avansate a Academiei Române – SCOSAAR, Calea Victoriei 125, Sector 1, București 010071, România. Email:

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