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The functional role of resignation orientation on goal engagement, self-esteem, life satisfaction, and depression

Kenichi Asano, Ikuo Ishimura, Masahiro Kodama
  • Ikuo Ishimura
    Tokyo Seitoku University, Japan
  • Masahiro Kodama
    Saitama Gakuen University, Japan


Several studies in Europe and North America have highlighted the importance of resignation or giving up. Research has shown that resignation is as important as goal attainment. Hence, this study examines, using path analysis, the effect of resignation orientation on goal disengagement and reengagement. Furthermore, this study attempts to clarify the implication of resignation orientation for elements of mental well-being. Questionnaires were completed by 261 Japanese college students. Results showed that proactive resignation orientation promotes reestablishment of alternative goals while negative resignation orientation encourages disengagement of the unattainable goals. The findings help explain the functional role of resignation orientation and can inform the development of treatment for resignation-related depression.


resignation, well-being, students, goal disengagement

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Submitted: 2013-08-15 04:22:48
Published: 2014-10-22 11:24:38
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