This special section in the IJBD is devoted to the topic ‘Motivational Self-Regulation Across the Lifespan.’ Theories of life-span development emphasize the importance of motivational or self-regulatory processes for successful development. These approaches set out to explain developmental processes associated with adaptive goal choices, the attainment of personal goals, or effective individual responses to failure and loss. A plethora of research has demonstrated their usefulness for discovering pathways to successful development. Specific motivational processes, such as motivational vs. volitional mindsets, life management strategies and tendencies, goal selection heuristics, or control strategies have been identified that exert significant consequences on individuals’ subjective well-being and physical health across the adult lifespan by contributing to adaptive (and maladaptive) goal choices, goal pursuits, and adjustment to failure and loss. Articles in this section could ultimately contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the processes involved in life-long patterns of successful development.
A special section of the International Journal of Behavioral Development (IJBD) devoted to the topic ‘Motivational Self-Regulation Across the Lifespan.’