Thesis Title

Effects Of Compelling Personal Vision On Goal Systems

Author

Aline Masuda

Date of Graduation

Spring 2002

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Thomas Kane

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

This research introduces the concept of "personal vision" within goal hierarchies and examines its effects on distal and proximal goals. Antecedents and outcomes of personal vision, defined as one's set of higher order goals, were central in the investigation. Personal vision was manipulated by requesting 180 college students from a Midwest university to report their descriptive professional future, the most optimistic professional future, or no professional future. Students also completed personality measures, reported their semester/college academic goals, and their goal commitment. Results indicated that requesting a compelling personal vision in writing predicted mean semester goal difficulty, the most difficult semester and college goals, semester goal specificity, and semester goal commitment. Optimism was significant correlated with compellingness of personal vision after controlling for aptitude.

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© Aline Masuda

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