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Record number 412509
Title Toward a more social understanding of achievement goals: The interpersonal effects of mastery and performance goals
Author(s) Poortvliet, P.M.; Darnon, C.
Source Current Directions in Psychological Science 19 (2010)5. - ISSN 0963-7214 - p. 324 - 328.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963721410383246
Department(s) Communication Science
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) orientation - exchange - behavior
Abstract The current article presents an overview of recent research into social outcomes that accompany the pursuit of achievement goals. On the basis of investigations in various subdisciplines of psychology, we conclude that mastery goals—striving to improve one’s own performance—lead to investments in exchange relationships, endorsement of reciprocity norms, and active efforts to integrate different opinions. In contrast, performance goals—striving to outperform others—may result in rather maladaptive social behaviors. We point to three promising avenues for future research: Social consequences of achievement goals could be studied from a multiple-goal perspective, different levels of analysis should be taken into account, and the role of status differences should be examined
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