Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Abstract

Everyone has goals that they desire to achieve in their lives. These goals span across many areas: relationships, education, career, health, etc. There are many factors that motivate people to achieve those goals. We were specifically interested in examining how goal attainment was different if people were personally motivated or if they were motivated by a significant other in their lives. Our research question was: "Do close relationships have an effect on goal attainment?" We located studies that compared personally-autonomous reasons (PAR) in children and adults to relationally-autonomous reasons (RAR) in children and adults. We compared 18 studies that analyzed this relationship. They found that RAR (d = 0.27) for goal pursuit were higher than PAR (d = 0.18). Comparing children to adults, a larger difference was found: RAR in children (d = 0.30), RAR in adults (d = 0.26), PAR in children (d = 0.70) and PAR in adults (d = 0.15).

Presentation format

Poster

Expected Graduation Date

2016

Course Number

PSY497

Course Title

Topics in Psychology: Grad School Prep

Professor Email

Richard.Osbaldiston@eku.edu

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Meta-Analysis of Close Relationships and Goal Attainment

Everyone has goals that they desire to achieve in their lives. These goals span across many areas: relationships, education, career, health, etc. There are many factors that motivate people to achieve those goals. We were specifically interested in examining how goal attainment was different if people were personally motivated or if they were motivated by a significant other in their lives. Our research question was: "Do close relationships have an effect on goal attainment?" We located studies that compared personally-autonomous reasons (PAR) in children and adults to relationally-autonomous reasons (RAR) in children and adults. We compared 18 studies that analyzed this relationship. They found that RAR (d = 0.27) for goal pursuit were higher than PAR (d = 0.18). Comparing children to adults, a larger difference was found: RAR in children (d = 0.30), RAR in adults (d = 0.26), PAR in children (d = 0.70) and PAR in adults (d = 0.15).