The Stability of Goal Self-Concordance as a Function of Self-Schema Status

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Description: Self-concordance refers to the fit between people's goals and their basic needs and underlying sense of self, and it is often correlated with goal effort and attainment. The literature holds that perceptions of self-concordance are stable because one's "true self" is stable; however, contemporary theories of the self hold that a person's self-concept is not necessarily stable. The present research examined the stability of perceptions of exercise goal self-concordance and its subscales, autonomous and controlledness motivation, as a function of exercise self-schema status (i.e., a stable component of the self-concept) and the salient sense of self. The results revealed that exerciser schematics demonstrated greater stability in their perceptions of autonomous motivation than did nonschematics. The two groups did not differ in the stability of their perceptions of self-concordance or controlledness motivation, nor did the identity salience manipulations have any impact on the stability of perceptions of exercise goal motivation.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work