The psychology of passion: A meta-analytical review of a decade of research on intrapersonal outcomes

Thomas Curran, Andrew P. Hill, Paul R. Appleton, Robert J. Vallerand, Martyn Standage

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It is just over a decade since Vallerand and colleagues (Vallerand et al., 2003) introduced the dualistic model of passion. In this study, we conduct a meta-analytical review of relationships between Vallerand et al’s two passions (viz. harmonious and obsessive), and intrapersonal outcomes, and test the moderating role of age, gender, domain, and culture. A systematic literature search yielded 94 studies, within which 27 criterion variables were reported. These criterion variables derived from four research areas within the intrapersonal sphere: (a) well-/ill-being, (b) motivation factors, (c) cognitive outcomes and, (d) behaviour and performance. From these areas we retrieved 1,308 independent effect sizes and analysed them using random-effects models. Results showed harmonious passion positively corresponded with positive intrapersonal outcomes (e.g., positive affect, flow, performance). Obsessive passion, conversely, showed positive associations with positive and negative intrapersonal outcomes (e.g., negative affect, rumination, vitality). Correlations were largely invariant across age and gender, but certain relationships were moderated by domain and culture. Implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-655
Number of pages25
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Issue number5
Early online date7 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


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