How and when goal-oriented self-regulation improves college students’ well-being: A weekly diary study

Huatian WANG, Jinxin YANG, Peikai LI*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study investigates how (i.e., through what mechanism) and when (i.e., under what conditions) goal-oriented self-regulation behaviors improve college students’ psychological well-being. On the basis of data from 74 s-year Chinese college students in a weekly diary study (296 observations), we conducted a moderated mediation model and found that goal-oriented self-regulations behaviors (i.e., planning, monitoring, controlling, and reflecting) were positively related to college students’ psychological well-being through increased academic performance. Further, such an indirect effect was stronger when college students’ optimism and social support were high. This study contributes to student development and self-regulation literature by underscoring that academic performance plays a vital intermediate role in the relationship between self-regulation behaviors and college students’ psychological well-being. Besides, we highlight that optimism and social support act as important personal and social resources for college students that can better unleash the positive effects of goal-oriented self-regulation behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Psychology
Early online date3 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • College students
  • Diary study
  • Optimism
  • Psychological well-being
  • Self-regulation
  • Social support

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