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Title

Relational Mechanisms in the Goal Puruit Process

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2018

Abstract

Four studies tested a model for goal pursuit, which proposed three relational mechanisms that yield motives for a goal. These motives, in turn, predict goal outcomes, but the association was expected to be stronger among women than among men. Study 1 (n = 116) tested the model for a short‐term, collaborative project between strangers; Study 2 (n = 186) examined parents being motivated by their children to be healthier; Study 3 (n = 124) examined nontraditional college students' career searches; and Study 4 (n = 181) examined young adults' progress toward a self‐improvement goal. Results showed support for the model in all four studies, with the exception that feeling accountable to others was not a consistent predictor of relational motives.

Journal Title

Personal Relationships

Journal Volume

25

Journal Issue

1

Article Starting Page

134

Article Ending Page

156

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