Adaptive self-regulation of unattainable goals: goal disengagement, goal reengagement, and subjective well-being.

Abstract

Three studies examined associations between goal disengagement, goal reengagement, and subjective well-being. In Study 1, 115 undergraduates reported on the extent to which they were able to abandon unattainable goals and reengage their efforts in alternative goals. Study 2 examined the importance of goal disengagement and goal reengagement in groups of young adults and older adults (N = 120). In Study 3, a sample of parents of children with cancer and parents of medically healthy children was examined (N = 45). The findings confirmed that goal disengagement and goal reengagement can be associated with ratings of high subjective well-being. In addition, the results showed that goal disengagement and goal reengagement can have interactive effects on subjective well-being. The importance of the findings for effective self-regulation and successful development are discussed.

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@article{Wrosch2003AdaptiveSO, title={Adaptive self-regulation of unattainable goals: goal disengagement, goal reengagement, and subjective well-being.}, author={Carsten Wrosch and Michael F. Scheier and G. Miller and Richard Schulz and Charles S. Carver}, journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin}, year={2003}, volume={29 12}, pages={1494-508} }