Approach and avoidance achievement goals and intrinsic motivation: A mediational analysis.

  title={Approach and avoidance achievement goals and intrinsic motivation: A mediational analysis.},
  author={Andrew J. Elliot and Judith M. Harackiewicz},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
nMost contemporary achievement goal conceptualizations consist of a performance goal versus mastery goal dichotomy. The present research offers an alternative framework by partitioning the performance goal orientation into independent approach and avoidance motivational orientations. Two experiments investigated the predictive utility of the proposed approach-avoidance achievement goal conceptualization in the intrinsic motivation domain. Results from both experiments supported the proposed… 

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