Possible selves and academic outcomes: How and when possible selves impel action.

@article{Oyserman2006PossibleSA,
  title={Possible selves and academic outcomes: How and when possible selves impel action.},
  author={Daphna Oyserman and Deborah Bybee and Kathy M. Terry},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={91 1},
  pages={188-204}
}
Puzzled by the gap between academic attainment and academic possible selves (APSs) among low-income and minority teens, the authors hypothesized that APSs alone are not enough unless linked with plausible strategies, made to feel like "true" selves and connected with social identity. A brief intervention to link APSs with strategies, create a context in which social and personal identities felt congruent, and change the meaning associated with difficulty in pursuing APSs (n = 141 experimental… CONTINUE READING