Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes

Barry M Goldman, Edwin A. Locke, Suzanne S. Masterson, Markus Groth, David G. Jensen

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Although much research has been conducted on goal setting, researchers have not examined goal-directedness or propensity to set goals as a stable human characteristic in adults. In this study, a survey was developed and distributed to 104 adult participants to assess their goal-directedness, personal identity, and various life outcomes. A theoretical model was developed and tested using structural equation modeling that proposed that both goal-directedness and personal identity should positively influence important life outcomes. Analysis showed that goal-directedness and personal identity are positively related to personal well-being, salary, and marital satisfaction. Further, personal identity was positively related to job satisfaction but, contrary to related research, goal-directedness did not predict job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume91
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2002

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Goldman, B. M., Locke, E. A., Masterson, S. S., Groth, M., & Jensen, D. G. (2002). Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes. Psychological Reports, 91(1), 153-166.

Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes. / Goldman, Barry M; Locke, Edwin A.; Masterson, Suzanne S.; Groth, Markus; Jensen, David G.

In: Psychological Reports, Vol. 91, No. 1, 08.2002, p. 153-166.

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Goldman, BM, Locke, EA, Masterson, SS, Groth, M & Jensen, DG 2002, 'Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes', Psychological Reports, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 153-166.
Goldman BM, Locke EA, Masterson SS, Groth M, Jensen DG. Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes. Psychological Reports. 2002 Aug;91(1):153-166.
Goldman, Barry M ; Locke, Edwin A. ; Masterson, Suzanne S. ; Groth, Markus ; Jensen, David G. / Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes. In: Psychological Reports. 2002 ; Vol. 91, No. 1. pp. 153-166.
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