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Correlational findings

Study Brunstein et al. (1998): study DE 1993 /1

Public:
University students, Germany, 199?, followed 4 month
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 127
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Questionaires in class at T1 and by mail at home at T2, T3 and T4. T1 + T2: Assesment of motivation with Picture Story Excercise. Next Ss listed two agentic goals and two communal goals they intended to pursue thoughout the current semester. Ss also rated their commitment of these goals and their attainability. T3+4: Ss rated how much progress they had made in achieving the goals listed at T1. Mood adjective checlist administrated at T1, T2, T3 and T4

Correlate

Authors's label
Commitment to agentic goals
Our Classification
Operationalization
At T1+2 Ss listed two agentic goals they intended to pursue during the current semester. They then rated their commitment to these goals on the following items:
- I fully identify myself with that goal
- No matter what happens, I will not give up this goal
- I can hardly wait to start working on this goal
- Even if it means a lot of effort, I will try everything necessary to accomplish this goal

Rated: 1: strongly disagree to 5: strongly agree

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AB-cw-mq-n-5-a r = +.12 ns T1+2 commitment by T1+2 happiness A-AB-cw-mq-n-5-a r = -.04 ns T1+2 commitment by T3+4 happiness A-AB-cw-mq-n-5-a b = -.15 p < .05 Initial commitment by subsequent CHANGE in happiness: T1+2 commitment by T3+4 happiness controlling T1+2 happiness

B further controled for:
- predominant agentic motivation
- commitment to communal goals
- perceived attainability of agentic goals
- perceived attainability of communal goals

Agency motivated Ss:    B = +.06 (ns)
Communion motivated Ss: B = -.31 (05)

No gender difference in any finding