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Pursuing Goals for Us: Relationally Autonomous Reasons in Long-Term Goal Pursuit
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2006)
  • Jonathan S. Gore, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Susan E. Cross, Iowa State University
Abstract

People pursue goals for a variety of reasons, including reasons that take into account close relationships (termed relationally autonomous reasons, or RARs). Two longitudinal studies examined the degree to which relational self-construal, RARs, and personally autonomous reasons (PARs) predicted goal attainment. In Study 1, 166 participants rated 7 goals on several goal outcomes at 2 sessions. Results revealed that self-construal was positively associated with RARs and that RARs predicted goal attainment, controlling for PARs. Study 2 (N = 177) added a 3rd follow-up to the Study 1 design, and results showed perceived progress toward one's goals predicted enhanced RARs but not enhanced PARs. Both studies showed that RARs are an effective motivational component in goal pursuit and attainment.

DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.90.5.848

Keywords
  • Achievement Factor Analysis,
  • Humans Interpersonal Relations,
  • Psychological Motivation,
  • Personal Autonomy,
  • Prospective Studies,
  • Self Concept,
  • Sex Factors,
  • Volition
Disciplines
Publication Date
June, 2006
Citation Information
Jonathan S. Gore and Susan E. Cross. "Pursuing Goals for Us: Relationally Autonomous Reasons in Long-Term Goal Pursuit" Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol. 90 Iss. 5 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jonathangore/7/