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Title: THE BITTERSWEET TASTE OF TEMPTATION: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN THE INDULGENCE OF ACADEMIC TEMPTATIONS AND THEIR CONSEQUENTIAL EMOTIONS
Authors: ANNEMIEKE TESSA VAN DER HORST
Keywords: strategic indulgence
abstinence
goal
temptation
goal conflict
VOTE
emotions
academic stress
counteractive control
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2022
Citation: ANNEMIEKE TESSA VAN DER HORST (2022-04-08). THE BITTERSWEET TASTE OF TEMPTATION: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN THE INDULGENCE OF ACADEMIC TEMPTATIONS AND THEIR CONSEQUENTIAL EMOTIONS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Students have long been plagued with the negative perception that indulging in hedonic or leisure activities hinders their academic pursuit, resulting in feelings of guilt, shame and regret post-indulgence. Strategic indulgence is a potential new strategy that may allow for the pursuit of multiple goals and a more positive emotional experience by alleviating negative emotions while promoting positive emotions after successful goal conflict resolution, further reducing stress levels. Furthermore, study strategy was proposed as a unique predictor of academic stress and intensity and valence of emotions, while individuals’ valuation of temptation enactment (VOTE) proffered to moderate the effectiveness of both manipulated study strategies. To investigate these hypotheses, the present study utilized an intervention approach to examine the effects of 3 study strategies – strategic indulgence, abstinence and heightened awareness (control condition), on academic stress, intensity of positive emotions and intensity of negative emotions across four weeks of intervention. Only academic stress was significantly different between study strategies at high VOTE levels, while levels of negative and positive emotions were not significantly different between study strategies at different VOTE levels. Theoretical and practical findings were discussed to advise future research and strengthen existing knowledge on the push and pull of temptations on academic goal pursuit.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/227240
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