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ERIC Number: ED068851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 10
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Behavioral and Fantasied Indicators of Avoidance of Success in Men and Women.
Morgan, Sherry Ward; Mausner, Bernard
High School students with scores in the upper and lower quartiles of the first half of the Hidden Figures Test took the second half of the test in pairs in which one member was drawn from the highest, the other from the lowest quartile. For 14 pairs the "high" member was female; in 14 pairs the "high" member was male. In the social situation "high" males lowered their levels of performance only slightly whereas there was a highly significant tendency for girls to depress their performance. In half the dyads in which the girl was from the "high" quartile she actually performed more poorly than the "low" boy. Such a reversal occurred in only one of the fourteen pairs with an initially "high" male. Presence or absence of behavioral avoidance of success was not paralleled in fantasy, as shown in protocols on Horner's projective test. A higher proportion of boys than girls told stories in which success led to unhappy consequences. The results are attributed to current mores among adolescents of both sexes. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting, April 27-29, 1972, Boston, Massachusetts