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.
- Relational self-construal,
- Goal Coherence,
- Psychological well-being
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