ERIC Number: ED407631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
University Students and Fear of Success.
Froelich, Rick L.
When faced with personal success, some persons appear to become anxious and will do something to avoid or sabotage their efforts. This fear of success among university students was investigated in this study. The sampling included 210 students, 83 males and 127 females. The independent variables under consideration were locus of control, gender, age, academic achievement, and college classification. The dependent variable was the Fear of Success Scale Score. Results indicate that college students with an external locus of control had a statistically larger mean fear of success score than those with internal locus of control. This finding indicates that success-fearing individuals may perceive that the consequences of their behavior are controlled by forces outside of them, such as luck, chance, and fate. It is thought that the success-fearing person may compare a potentially successful situation to an event in the past in which the result was less than successful, and they will therefore sabotage their possible success. Other findings show that females have no more fear of success than do males and that the age of the college student, his or her academic achievement, and his or her college classification were not associated with the fear of success. Contains 26 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Fort Hays State University.