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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

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  • Dmitry D. Suchkov


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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    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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    Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 64/PSY/2016.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: 2016
    Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Science, Psychology / PSY, November 2016, pages 1-17
    Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:64psy2016
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