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Relational Self-construal Moderates the Link between Goal Coherence and Well-being
Self and Identity (2009)
  • Jonathan S. Gore, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Susan E. Cross, Iowa State University

Two studies examined the moderating effect of relational self-construal on the association between goal coherence and psychological well-being in two domains: relationships and academics. In Study 1, 178 undergraduates completed measures of their self-construal and life satisfaction, listed and categorized 7 goals, and then completed a measure of goal dependence. Study 2 (n = 166) used the same procedure as Study 1 except participants completed measures of purpose in life and a Goal Instrumentality Matrix. Results indicated that the association between academic goal coherence and well-being was positive for low relationals, but non-significant or negative for high relationals. These results suggest that the beneficial outcomes of some forms of cognitive consistency are moderated by individual differences in self-definition.

DOI: 10.1080/15298860802605861

  • Relational self-construal,
  • Goal Coherence,
  • Psychological well-being
Publication Date
January, 2009
Citation Information
Jonathan S. Gore and Susan E. Cross. "Relational Self-construal Moderates the Link between Goal Coherence and Well-being" Self and Identity Vol. 9 Iss. 1 (2009)
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