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ERIC Number: EJ872299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Self in Self-Worth Protection: The Relationship of Possible Selves and Self-Protective Strategies
Seli, Helena; Dembo, Myron H.; Crocker, Stephen
College Student Journal, v43 n3 p832-842 Sep 2009
This study examined community college students' future-related self-concept, termed "possible selves," in relationship to their current academic behavior with a focus on self-worth protective strategies. As demonstrated via hierarchical regression, possible selves added to understanding the students' self-protective behavior above and beyond their underlying motivation. Specifically, a balance between the students' hoped for and feared possible selves was related to a lower occurrence of the most detrimental of self-protective behaviors, self-handicapping. Further, a balance between hopes and fears was related to a higher occurrence of an effective strategy, reflectivity. Results provided partial support for the notion that possible selves serve as a cognitive link between motivation and behavior and could serve as a foundation for interventions. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personality Research Form