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

17 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2016

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Dmitry Suchkov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: November 28, 2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords: self-determination theory, self-concordance, motivation, goal pursuit, autonomous motivation, controlled motivation

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Suchkov, Dmitry, The Self-Concordance Model: The Effects of Autonomy, Effort and Goal Progress on Subjective Well-Being in the US and Russia (November 28, 2016). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 64/PSY/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2879337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2879337

Dmitry Suchkov (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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