The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between self-discrepancy theory and pay-seeking behaviors. Subjects were randomly selected from a pool of professional and scientific staff at the University of Northern Iowa.
Discrepancy was measured by determining if a significant difference existed between participants' actual pay and their ought and ideal pay. Anger and depression symptoms were also measured to determine if specific discrepancies were linked to specific emotional states, as indicated by self-discrepancy theory.
We hypothesized that: a) the larger the discrepancy between actual pay and ideal pay, the more symptoms of depression an individual will display; b) the larger the discrepancy between actual pay and ought pay, the more symptoms of anger an individual will display; c) the emotional state of an individual motivates pay-seeking behavior. Results did not support any of these hypotheses.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©2001 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Salucka, Andria and Fisher, Jennifer
"Self-Discrepancy as an Indicator of Pay-Seeking Behavior,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 5:
1, Article 26.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol5/iss1/26