Emotional well-being: The role of social achievement goals and self-esteem

Sungok Serena Shim, Cen Wang, Jerrell C. Cassady

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The current study examined how self-esteem and social achievement goals affect individuals'€™ emotions independently and jointly using the data collected from 367 college students. Social development goals were related to positive emotions (i.e., love and joy). Social demonstration-avoid goals were related to maladaptive patterns (low levels of joy but high levels of fear, shame and sadness). Social demonstration-approach goals were positively associated with joy but had null relations with all other emotions. The results indicated that social development goals buffered students with low self-esteem against negative emotions and amplified the positive emotional experiences. In contrast, social demonstration-avoid goals were especially harmful for students with low self-esteem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-845
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number7
Early online dateJul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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