Mechanisms that Foster Relational Motivation

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This study, attempts to explain reasons why people would adopt relationally-autonomous reasons (RARs) for their goals, which are based on the needs, desires, and commitments of the self within a close relationship. In particular it examines if closeness, support, accountability, shared values and direct involvement from others serve as mechanisms that drive RARs. We hypothesize that these relationship components are all uniquely associated with RARs during goal pursuit. Participants (n = 150) were college students who completed an online questionnaire. Accountability, shared values, and direct involvement all uniquely predicted relational motivation, whereas closeness and support did not. Implications for motivation theory are discussed.