Goal-directedness and personal identity as correlates of life outcomes

Barry M. Goldman, Edwin A. Locke, Suzanne S. Masterson, Markus Groth, David G. Jensen

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Although much research has been conducted on goal setting, researchers have not examined goal-directedness or propensity to set goals as a stable human characteristic in adults. In this study, a survey was developed and distributed to 104 adult participants to assess their goal-directedness, personal identity, and various life outcomes. A theoretical model was developed and tested using structural equation modeling that proposed that both goal-directedness and personal identity should positively influence important life outcomes. Analysis showed that goal-directedness and personal identity are positively related to personal well-being, salary, and marital satisfaction. Further, personal identity was positively related to job satisfaction but, contrary to related research, goal-directedness did not predict job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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