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A Motivational Life-Span Perspective on Procrastination: The Development of Delaying Goal Pursuit Across Adulthood


Kaftan, Oliver J; Freund, Alexandra M (2018). A Motivational Life-Span Perspective on Procrastination: The Development of Delaying Goal Pursuit Across Adulthood. Research in Human Development, 15(3-4):252-264.

Abstract

Procrastination is a common self-regulation failure that has been studied mainly in the educational context, but has been largely neglected in life-span psychology. Adopting a life-span motivational perspective, we focus on adult development and maintain that, historically seen, adults nowadays have to take on a more active role in pursuing their goals due to the deregulation of the life course and increased life expectancy. This requires higher self-regulatory skills, particularly with increasing age. When self-regulation fails, people may postpone developmental goals and experience negative consequences. We propose research questions that might foster the understanding of procrastination from a life-span perspective.

Abstract

Procrastination is a common self-regulation failure that has been studied mainly in the educational context, but has been largely neglected in life-span psychology. Adopting a life-span motivational perspective, we focus on adult development and maintain that, historically seen, adults nowadays have to take on a more active role in pursuing their goals due to the deregulation of the life course and increased life expectancy. This requires higher self-regulatory skills, particularly with increasing age. When self-regulation fails, people may postpone developmental goals and experience negative consequences. We propose research questions that might foster the understanding of procrastination from a life-span perspective.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2 October 2018
Deposited On:10 Dec 2019 13:58
Last Modified:10 Dec 2019 14:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1542-7609
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2018.1489096

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