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ERIC Number: ED524320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-28
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Fear of Failure, Self-Handicapping, and Negative Emotions in Response to Failure
Bartels, Jared M.; Herman, William E.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) (23rd, Washington, D.C., May 28, 2011)
Research suggests that students who fear failure are likely to utilize cognitive strategies such as self-handicapping that serve to perpetuate failure. Such devastating motivational dispositions clearly limit academic success. The present study examined negative emotional responses to scenarios involving academic failure among a sample of university students (N = 48). Additionally, among those high in fear of failure, we examined differences in emotional responses involving the self-conscious negative emotions of shame and embarrassment to scenarios involving failure with and without self-handicapping. With respect to the first aim, participants high in fear of failure (FF) reported stronger negative emotional responses to failure than those low in FF. Additionally, among those high in FF, self-conscious negative emotions were less intense in the presence of self-handicapping relative to failure without prior self-handicapping. Future motivational research will need to sort out the complex relationships between fear of failure, self-handicapping, and negative emotions. (Contains 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota