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The Self-Concordance Model: The Effects of Autonomy, Effort and Goal Progress on Subjective Well-Being in the Us and Russia


  • Dmitry D. Suchkov

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)


How one perceives one’s own level of autonomy has important consequences for motivational features of goal pursuit and well-being during this process. We tested the hypothesis, inspired by Self-Determination Theory, and the Self-Concordance model, that pursuit of self-concordant goals, emanating from autonomous motivation results in an increase of well-being. This study employed a prospective design assessing several variables related to the goal: intended effort, actual effort, and progress in achieving. In accordance with the self-concordance model, these variables mediated the influence of the autonomy of the goal on well-being during the process of achievement. We replicated the model using SEM methodology, on both the US (N = 200) and the Russian (N = 410) samples. The additional modifications we made in the model kept the main logic of the previous research. Implications and future directions are discussed.

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  • Dmitry D. Suchkov, 2016. "The Self-Concordance Model: The Effects of Autonomy, Effort and Goal Progress on Subjective Well-Being in the Us and Russia," HSE Working papers WP BRP 64/PSY/2016, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:64psy2016

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    self-determination theory; self-concordance; motivation; goal pursuit; autonomous motivation; controlled motivation;

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