Integrating concepts from goal theories to understand the achievement of personal goals
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 69–96, January/February 2005
How to Cite
Webb, T. L. and Sheeran, P. (2005), Integrating concepts from goal theories to understand the achievement of personal goals. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 35: 69–96. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.233
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Received: 27 OCT 2003
The aim of this research was to integrate concepts from goal theories to understand the factors that distinguish between successful versus unsuccessful achievement of a personal goal. In two studies participants completed a questionnaire that measured 17 constructs identified from research on goals in relation to a recent situation in which they either succeeded or failed to see a task through to the end (Study 1) or in relation to their performance on an undergraduate course (Study 2). Factor analyses of the responses revealed 12 factors underlying self-regulatory efforts. Discriminant analysis showed that self-regulatory success was associated with high levels of motivation and task-focus, and with forming an implementation intention. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.