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ERIC Number: EJ960466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 119
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9010
Fuel of the Self-Starter: How Mood Relates to Proactive Goal Regulation
Bindl, Uta K.; Parker, Sharon K.; Totterdell, Peter; Hagger-Johnson, Gareth
Journal of Applied Psychology, v97 n1 p134-150 Jan 2012
The authors consider how multiple dimensions of affect relate to individual proactivity. They conceptualized proactivity within a goal-regulatory framework that encompasses 4 elements: envisioning, planning, enacting, and reflecting. In a study of call center agents (N = 225), evidence supported the distinctiveness of the 4 elements of proactive goal regulation. Findings further indicated that high-activated positive mood was positively associated with all elements of proactive goal regulation, and low-activated negative mood was positively associated with envisioning proactivity. These findings were further supported in a longitudinal investigation of career-related proactivity amongst medical students (N = 250). The role of affective experience in proactivity is more nuanced than previously assumed. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom