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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Downgrading goal-relevant resources in action crises : the moderating role of goal reengagement capacities and effects on well-being
Authors: Herrmann, Marcel
Brandstätter, Veronika
Wrosch, Carsten
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-2773
Published in: Motivation and Emotion
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 0146-7239
Language: English
Subjects: Action crisis; Goal reengagement capacities; Goal-relevant resources; Goal striving; Self-regulation
Subject (DDC): 158: Applied psychology
Abstract: If the pursuit of a goal falls short of expectations, doubts can arise as to whether a followed path should be changed. This decisional conflict is defined as action crisis. In two longitudinal studies of university students, an action crisis resulted in a downgrading of goal-relevant resources among participants with limited goal reengagement capacities, who struggle to identify and commit to new projects when unattainable goals are encountered. Theoretically, this devaluation of goal-relevant resources is explained by a shift from an optimistic towards an unbiased cognitive orientation in action crises. However, an action crisis did not result in a downgrading of resources if unattainable goals, in the past, could generally be replaced with viable alternatives (high goal reengagement capacities). Downgrading goal-relevant resources, furthermore, was identified as a mediating mechanism partly underlying reported effects of action crises on health and well-being. The present article provides new insights into self-regulatory processes during goal striving.
Further description: Erworben im Rahmen der Schweizer Nationallizenzen ( This research was funded by a grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to Veronika Brandstätter (100014_159389). The SNSF had no role in study design, in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, in the writing of the report, and in the decision to submit the article for publication.
Fulltext version: Published version
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Restricted until: 2024-02-02
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
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