SETTING REALISTIC HEALTH GOALS: ANTECEDENTS AND CONSEQUENCES

People often fail to translate their intentions into health behaviors. The present research examined a new potential moderator of intention-behavior relations, namely, how realistic or unrealistic are respective goal intentions. Goal realism was defined as the degree to which intentions are aligned with expectations (i.e., predicted performance). A validation study (N = 81) examined our novel goal realism measure. Study 1 (N = 246) tested goal importance, fantasy proneness, and pathways thinking as predictors of...
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