We are pleased to acknowledge the technical assistance of Nancy Exelby and the comments on this article by Michele Acker, Robert Harlow, Susan Jenkins, Hazel Markus, the editors of this special issue, and two anonymous reviewers. This research was supported in part by Grant BNS 87-18467 (to Nancy Cantor and Julie Norem) from the National Science Foundation, as well as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (to William Fleeson).
Life Tasks and Daily Life Experience
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 59, Issue 3, pages 425–451, September 1991
How to Cite
Cantor, N., Norem, J., Langston, C., Zirkel, S., Fleeson, W. and Cook-Flannagan, C. (1991), Life Tasks and Daily Life Experience. Journal of Personality, 59: 425–451. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1991.tb00255.x
- Issue online: 28 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received January 4, 1990; revised August 6, 1990.
ABSTRACT This article explores the assumption that the goals on which an individual works structure the experience of daily life. One set of important goals are those consensual tasks that reflect the age-graded expectations of a living environment (e.g., the task of being on one's own at college). Whereas most members of a common age group share these consensual life tasks, individuals in a group differ in the relative importance they place on different tasks and in their appraisals of them. In the present study of 54 women living in a college sorority, the importance of a life task was associated with increased relevance of the task to daily life events, as revealed in experience sampling. The women were more emotionally involved in events that they saw as highly relevant to their life tasks than in less relevant events and, for each person, positive affect and emotional involvement in task-relevant events were related to her initial life task appraisals.