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ERIC Number: ED137690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 13
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Achievement Motivation Correlates in Students Showing Fear of Success Imagery.
Krishnan, Ahalya
The construct of motive to avoid success (Horner, 1969) accounts for differences in achievement motivation between sexes due, hypothetically, to conflicts encountered by women when competing with men. However, recent research suggests that some men also fear success. The present study investigated socio-cultural correlates differentiating persons who fear success from those who do not, using high school seniors who typically face conflicts and anxieties regarding their educational, vocational, and marital futures. The dispersion of socio-cultural characteristics was assumed to be greater for this relatively heterogenous group, thereby providing data to meet statistical assumptions which would enable generalizations to be made about a larger segment of the population. Selected intellectual, socio-economic, aspirational and psychological variables--shown to be related to achievement motivation--were collected. Students fearing success had: (a) higher IQ scores, (b) more educated fathers, (c) greater resultant achievement motivation, and (d) more non-traditional attitudes toward women, but (e) less fear of social rejection than their counterparts. The first four findings are supportive of research so far while the last one is not. It was hypothesized that Ss showing less fear of social rejection felt free to attribute fear of success to the cue-subject whereas their counterparts sympathized with the cue-subject. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)