Purpose is a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once important to self and directed at making a difference in the world beyond the self. In the present study ratings of one aspect of purpose pro-social beyond-the-self intentions were gleaned from data collected from young men attending college between 1938 and 1942 as a part of the Study of Adult Development. Associations were examined between pro-social beyond-the-self intentions and childhood environment and between pro-social beyond-theself intentions and college and adult personality psychological adjustment and achievement. Higher levels of pro-social beyond-the-self intentions were associated with informant ratings of global impressions of positive childhood environment and with humanistic political and well-integrated personality dispositions in college.
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