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ERIC Number: ED339274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Fear of Success in Women--Is There Still Such a Phenomenon?
Frusher, Susan; Rountree, Jeanie
A study was done to investigate if women still fear success particularly in their careers. Originally introduced as a concept in 1968, "fear of success" has been attributed to familial socialization and interacting psychological influences and cultural norms and usually results in precipitating behavior that undermines success. Using a 20-item "Fear of Success" questionnaire, two groups of women, either midwestern women professionals who belonged to business and professional women's organizations, or students enrolled in classes in the education department of a medium-sized midwestern university, were polled. Survey data were collected from a total of 204 subjects of whom 45 percent were students, 36 percent were professional, eight percent were clerical, 7 percent were management, and 4 percent were technical. Three one-way analysis of variance was performed on the total mean score and each of the demographic questions and found no significant differences. A lack of extreme scores and significant data led researchers to conclude that the questionnaire may be flawed, that the sample size was too small or that there is no longer a fear of success in women. Changes in social mores and child rearing may have brought about significant changes in women's attitudes and beliefs. Included are 16 references and one table. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A