Avoidance goal pursuit depletes self-regulatory resources

Daniela Oertig, Julia Schüler, Jessica Schnelle, Veronika Brandstätter, Marieke Roskes, Andrew J. Elliot

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Abstract

Objective: Research on the strength model of self-regulation is burgeoning, but little empirical work has focused on the link between distinct types of daily goal pursuit and the depletion of self-regulatory resources. The authors conducted two studies on the link between avoidance goals and resource depletion. Method: Study 1 (283 [228 female] Caucasians, ages 18-51) investigated the concurrent and longitudinal relations between avoidance goals and resource depletion over a 1-month period. Study 2 (132 [93 female] Caucasians, ages 18-49) investigated the concurrent and longitudinal relations between avoidance goals and resource depletion over a 1-month period and explored resource depletion as a mediator of the avoidance goal to subjective well-being relation. Results: Studies 1 and 2 documented both a concurrent and a longitudinal negative relationship between avoidance goals and self-regulatory resources, and Study 2 additionally showed that self-regulatory resources mediate the negative link between avoidance goals and subjective well-being. Ancillary analyses demonstrated that the results observed in the two studies were independent of neuroticism. Conclusions: These findings advance knowledge in both the resource depletion and avoidance goal literatures, and bolster the view that avoidance goal pursuit over time represents a self-regulatory vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-375
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Personality
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Avoidance goal
  • Resource depletion
  • Self-regulation
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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