The present research proposed that self-regulatory decisions, goal revision and resource allocation are primarily a function of performance discrepancy and self-efficacy. Further, it was proposed that in multiple-goal environments, allocation decisions would be a function of the motivational variables related to concurrent goals. Two studies were conducted, one in the laboratory and the other in a field setting to test hypotheses related to these propositions. Findings from both studies demonstrated that the performance discrepancy X self-efficacy interaction is a key determinant of self-regulatory decisions. In multiple goal environments, relative measures of self-efficacy, performance-discrepancy, and goal commitment were predictive whereas absolute measures were not. Individuals are efficient managers of their goals, and seek to maximize goal achievement and hence self-satisfaction by manipulating their goals and changing their allocation of resources and take into account their progress and self-beliefs in the entire motivational space when making such decisions.
|Advisor:||Williams, Kevin J.|
|Commitee:||Ford, Michael T., Friedman, Ron S.|
|School:||State University of New York at Albany|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-B 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Goal revision, Goals, Performance discrepancy, Resource allocation, Self-efficacy, Self-regulation|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be