Different pathways, same effects : autonomous goal regulation is associated with subjective well-being during the post-school transition

Authors: Litalien, David; Lüdtke, Olivier; Parker, Philip D.; Trautwein, Ulrich
Abstract: Using self-determination theory as a theoretical framework, this study examines the associations between autonomous goal regulation and subjective well-being (life satisfaction, positive and negative affect, self-esteem) during the post-school transition. The sample consisted of 2,284 academic track students (62 % female) in Germany who answered a questionnaire at the end of high school and again 2 years later, allowing us to differentiate three post-school trajectories (university, vocational training, not in education). Structural equation modeling showed that autonomous goal regulation measured at Time 1 positively predicted Time 2 life satisfaction, positive affect, self-esteem, and autonomous goal regulation and negatively predicted negative affect, controlling for construct stability. However, subjective well-being indicators at Time 1 did not predict autonomous goal regulation at Time 2. Multigroup analyses indicated comparable associations between goal regulation and subjective well-being across groups, highlighting the strength and generalizability of the effect of autonomous goal regulation on subjective well-being during the post-school transition.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 16 November 2012
Open Access Date: 15 December 2017
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/16241
This document was published in: Motivation and Emotion, Vol. 37 (3), 444–456 (2013)
Plenum Press
Alternative version: 10.1007/s11031-012-9328-z
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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