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Effects of Self-affirmation on Coping and Motivational Systems

By Chelsee Herzhaft and Jackie Main


Self-affirmation theory proposes that people\u27s beliefs and behaviors are motivated by a desire to view the self as moral, adaptive, and capable. Researchers have found that allowing one to affirm the self reduces defensiveness towards threatening health information and increases intentions to change a health behavior, but few studies have examined why self-affirmation has these effects. In this study, college students were randomly assigned to a self-affirmed condition in which they wrote an essay about their personal values or a non-affirmed condition in which they wrote about a non-personal value. Participants then responded to hypothetical stressful scenarios and completed personality and individual difference measures. We examined the effects of self-affirmation on participants\u27 coping intentions and their motivational states. We further examined whether the effects of self-affirmation were moderated by self-esteem, personality, or optimism

Topics: Health, Social Science
Publisher: ScholarWorks@GVSU
Year: 2013
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