Personality, motivation, and the construction of goals during the transition to adulthood

Golan Shahar, Esther Kalnitzki, Shmuel Shulman, Sidney J. Blatt

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The authors examined the personality and motivational underpinnings of goal construction among Israeli young adults participating in a preparatory academic program (N = 236). Participants with a strong sense of efficacy reported elevated project investment and intrinsic and identified motivation, a positive project appraisal, and reduced amotivation. In contrast, self-critical participants reported reduced intrinsic motivation and elevated amotivation, and a negative project appraisal. These findings emphasize the role of personality and motivation in goal construction during young adulthood, and confirm conceptualizations of efficacy and self-criticism as respectively representing adaptive and maladaptive aspects of self-definition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Goals
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Self-Criticism
  • Young Adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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