The role of goal concordance on happiness and college students’ academic performance

2019 IJRSP – Volume 8 Issue 1


Lumontod, Robinson Z., III*
Central Luzon State University, Philippines (


For decades, studies on goal concordance had documented its significant role in individuals’ performance and success in many aspects of life. Previous researchers claimed that goal concordance buffers happiness (Sheldon & Elliot, 1999) and task performance (Deci & Ryan, 2000). But studies on the possible influence of goal concordance and happiness in academic context remained unclear, especially in the Philippine academic setting. To shed light on the remaining question in the literature, this study focused on determining the possible association between goal concordance and happiness with college students’ academic performance. The study was conducted at the Central Luzon State University in the Philippines. 300 college students participated in the current investigation. Using the correlational and test of difference analyses, this study had come up with several important findings. A significant relationship between goal concordance and academic performance was found. In addition, the significant association between happiness and academic performance was also noted. However, goal concordance and happiness had no significant relationship. Moreover, the finding shows a significant difference between the two groups of students: college students with self-concordant goals had higher academic performance than those with nonconcordant goals. Lastly, there is no significant difference in happiness between students with self-concordant and nonconcordant goals. Both practical and theoretical implications are discussed.

Keywords: goal concordance; happiness; academic performance; Filipino college students; academic success



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