The Motivational Theory of Role Modeling: How Role Models Influence Role Aspirants’ Goals

  title={The Motivational Theory of Role Modeling: How Role Models Influence Role Aspirants’ Goals},
  author={Thekla Morgenroth and Michelle K. Ryan and Kim Peters},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={465 - 483}
Role models are often suggested as a way of motivating individuals to set and achieve ambitious goals, especially for members of stigmatized groups in achievement settings. Yet, the literature on role models tends not to draw on the motivational literature to explain how role models may help role aspirants achieve these outcomes. In this paper, we introduce role aspirants and their motivational processes into an understanding of role modeling by drawing on expectancy–value theories of… 

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