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ERIC Number: ED303719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Factors Contributing to the Fear of Success in Women's Career Development.
Rountree-Wyly, Jeanie; And Others
Fear of success in women is a pervasive phenomenon affecting women's career development. Women affected by this phenomenon are often unaware that they are afraid of succeeding. Identification of the factors that contribute to the fear of success in women's career development is important for educators and counselors wanting to assist women in their professional goals. The factors that are associated with fear of success in women fall into these categories: familial socialization, psychological influences, and cultural norms. Familial socialization can be thought of as a developmental process in which the individual learns the expected behavioral traditions of a family. Psychological influences are those personal factors that tend to sway the person's thinking. The third factor which influences a woman's fear of success is attributed to cultural norms, in which women are taught that men have authority to manage the family's place in the external world. It is generally conceded that any one or combination of these factors can precipitate a fear of success which becomes manifest in the woman's defeatist behaviors and in turn, undermines her career development. It is imperative that professionals recognize the factors causing the fear of success orientation in women so that they may develop coping strategies with the client. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A