Title page for ETD etd-05132004-110817

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Breland, Benjamin Tyson
URN etd-05132004-110817
Title The Role of 3-Dimensional State Goal Orientation in the Process of Goal Establishment and Task Performance
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Donovan, John J. Committee Chair
Carlson, Kevin D. Committee Member
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Member
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
  • Performance
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Goals
  • Ability
  • Self-Regulation
  • Work Motivation
  • Mental Focus
  • Goal Orientation
Date of Defense 2004-05-04
Availability unrestricted
The present research expanded upon the work of Breland and Donovan (in press) and examined the role of three-dimensional state goal orientation in an integrative model of goal setting and task performance. In addition, mental focus (Lee, Sheldon, & Turban, 2003) was also incorporated into the model. Results indicated that each of the three-dimensions of state goal orientation uniquely affected one’s level of self-efficacy. More specifically, state learning goal orientation and state performance-approach goal orientation both enhanced an individual’s level of self-efficacy, while state performance-avoidance goal orientation reduced their level of self-efficacy. In turn state goal orientation indirectly impacted mental focus, goals, and performance through its influence on self-efficacy. Implications of these findings as well as suggestions for future research on the personality construct of state goal orientation are discussed.
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