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ERIC Number: EJ912840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Goal Attainment, Goal Striving, and Well-Being during the Transition to Adulthood: A Ten-Year U.S. National Longitudinal Study
Messersmith, Emily E.; Schulenberg, John E.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n130 p27-40 Win 2010
This study examines the relation between young adults' goal achievement, continued goal striving over time, and subsequent well-being. Analysis of a longitudinal subsample of a nationally representative U.S. study of 5,693 adolescents as they transition to adulthood revealed that individuals who met their goals had higher well-being, but that the relation between goal completion and well-being varied by goal content. Continued goal striving was related to well-being and maintained domain-specific self-efficacies, whereas goal dis-engagement was accompanied by declines in domain-specific self-efficacies. Overall, the results suggest that long-term goal striving is beneficial for well-being during the transition to adulthood. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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