Adolescent goal content and pursuit: A review of the literature from the past 16 years

Emma K. Massey*, Winifred A. Gebhardt, Nadia Garnefski

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide an overview and discussion of the literature from various areas of psychology on adolescent goal content and pursuit since the publication of Nurmi's review in 1991. Ninety-four studies were identified which incorporated a measure of adolescent goal content/processes. We explore and discuss the theories employed in these studies, methods of goal measurement, and the findings presented in the studies. Adolescent goal content and pursuit appear to be influenced by various sociodemographic and psychological factors. In turn, goal content, goal pursuit and (un)successful goal attainment are related to adolescent behavior, health and well-being. Limitations and suggestions for further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-460
Number of pages40
JournalDevelopmental Review
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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