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Title / Titel Readiness to disengage from motivational conflict: Adult age differences and implications for emotional experiences
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The proposed research investigates mechanisms underlying age-related differences in the prevalence of motivational conflicts. Previous research has shown that conflict between people's motivations, such as among their personal goals, have detrimental effects on their emotional well-being and that personal goals become more mutually facilitative with age. Furthermore, there is evidence that day-to-day motivational conflicts of feeling that one wants or ought to do something else instead of what one is actually doing are considerably less prevalent in older than in younger adults. Decreased motivational conflict, in turn, contributes to a higher level of day-to-day emotional well-being in later adulthood. As of yet, little is known about the processes underlying these age-related differences. The proposed research will investigate social-cognitive and emotional aspects of the readiness to disengage from conflicting goals as a possible mechanism contributing to shorter and less intense experiences of motivational conflict in older adults.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe adult development and aging, motivation, goal conflict, goal disengagement, goal evaluation, intrapersonal conflict, personal goals
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund (Project Leader)
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Apr 2012 to Mar 2015