Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Self-regulatory decisions as a function of goal-performance discrepancy and self-efficacy: A time to revise and a time to exert
by Boren, Levi A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2011, 145; 3450401
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Kevin J.
Commitee: Ford, Michael T., Friedman, Ron S.
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Psychology-Industrial/Organizational
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
Publication Number: 3450401
ISBN: 978-1-124-59048-6
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