ERIC Number: EJ1094291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Creative Aspirations or Pipe Dreams? Toward Understanding Creative Mortification in Children and Adolescents
Beghetto, Ronald A.; Dilley, Anna E.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n151 p85-95 Spr 2016
What experiences influence the development of creativity in children and adolescents? One experience is the mortification of creative aspirations. Creative mortification (CM) refers to the loss of one's willingness to pursue a particular creative aspiration following a negative performance outcome. The purpose of this article is to introduce an empirically testable model of CM. Specifically, the model highlights how CM can result from interpreting a negative performance outcome through the lens of internal attributions, fixed ability beliefs, and the experience of shame. The model further posits that young people's level of aspirational commitment, the feedback they receive, and their sociocultural context can moderate their interpretations and experiences of negative performance outcomes and CM.
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Creativity, Creative Thinking, Aspiration, Social Environment, Cultural Context, Models, Negative Attitudes
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