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Completed research project

Title / Titel Achievement motivation and growth vs. maintenance goals
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Summary / Zusammenfassung This research project addresses change in achievement motivation over the lifespan. In particular, we are interested in the goals that young adults and elderly adults pursue when doing achievement-oriented activities. We focus on two types of goals: a growth goal, which involves trying to develop and improve one’s own skill, and a maintenance goal, which involves trying to prevent a decline in one’s skill level. Past research suggests that younger adults prefer the growth goal, whereas elderly adults prefer the maintenance goal. Our current research explores the psychological processes that explain these diverging preferences. We are currently conducting experiments in which young and elderly adults pursue either a growth goal or a maintenance goal while working on problem-solving tasks. We measure their perception of the goals, their experience while doing the task, and their performance on the task.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe achievement motivation; goal focus; growth vs. maintenance motivation; lifespan development
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. Corwin Senko (Project Leader)
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund
Funding source(s) /
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Duration of Project / Projektdauer Sep 2005 to Aug 2007