What is the connection between respect and autonomy?Renger et al. (2016)investigated in three studies the relationship between the perception of equality and autonomy. In study 1 and 2 they examined the correlations between the feeling of being respected as an equal and the perception of autonomy. Study 1 focused on daily life situations and study 2 on work situations. In these two studies equality-based respect predicted both autonomy and satisfaction (about respectively life and work). Autonomy was a mediator in the relation between respect and satisfaction at work.
Study 3 was an experimental study which showed that equality-based respect increased willingness to cooperated. This relationship was mediated by two variables: perceived autonomy and superordinate identification, the feeling of beloning to the group. These relations are shown in the picture top right.