Sex differences in goal orientation in adolescents aged 10-19: The older boys adopt work-avoidant goals twice as often as girls

Sanne Dekker, Lydia Krabbendam, Nikki C. Lee, Annemarie Boschloo, Renate De Groot, Jelle Jolles

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    Abstract

    Vignettes  were used  to  assess  the  prevalence  of  goal  orientations  during  adolescence. Adolescent girls more often than boys endorsed mastery or performance-avoidant goals. Work-avoidant and performance-approach goals were more prominent in boys than girls. With age, the frequency of mastery goals decreased whereas work-avoidant goals increased. At age 14-19 years, work-avoidance was more than twice as common in boys.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)196-200
    Number of pages5
    JournalLearning and Individual Differences
    Volume26
    Early online date11 Aug 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

    Keywords

    • adolescents
    • goal orientation
    • sex differences
    • Adolescence

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