[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We examine whether regulatory focus moderates the effects of task control.•We found that high promotion focus and high control facilitate performance.•In contrast, high prevention focus and high control caused dissatisfaction.•Finally, high prevention focus and low control facilitate stress reduction.
International Journal of Psychophysiology. 12/2014; 94(3).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The present research tested whether inducing an avoidance motivation context may counteract the detrimental effects of stereotype threat among junior high school girls in physical education classes. We hypothesized that such context would fit with the goal to avoid failure triggered by stereotype threat situations. Effects of regulatory fit were investigated on performance and self-determined motivation. Eighty students were assigned to a 2 (girls or boys) × 2 (stereotype or control condition) × 2 (performance-avoidance goal or performance-approach goal context) factorial design. Among girls, results showed an interaction effect between the stereotype condition and the goal context. While inducing a performance-avoidance goal context impaired performance in the control condition, it led to increased performance and to decreased controlled motivation in the stereotype condition. No significant interaction effect was observed among boys. Overall, the results are in line with regulatory fit theory.
Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale 12/2014; in press. · 0.05 Impact Factor
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