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ERIC Number: EJ1022860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Social Possible Selves, Self-Regulation, and Social Goal Progress in Older Adulthood
Ko, Han-Jung; Mejía, Shannon; Hooker, Karen
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v38 n3 p219-227 May 2014
Lifespan development involves setting and pursuing self-guided goals. This study examines how in the social domain, possible selves, a future-oriented self-concept, and self-regulation, including self-regulatory beliefs and intraindividual variability in self-regulatory behavior, relate to differences in overall daily social goal progress. An online older-adult sample worked towards a self-defined meaningful social goal over 100 days. Multilevel analysis showed that participants with social possible selves made higher overall daily goal progress, especially those with both hoped-for and feared possible selves, than those with possible selves in nonsocial domains. Self-regulatory beliefs were positively whereas variability was negatively associated with overall daily goal progress. The findings suggest that possible selves, in combination with two distinct self-regulatory constructs, significantly guide social goal progress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon