Horner has hypothesized that females who exhibit fear of success imagery on a projective test, tend to perform more poorly in competitive than in noncompetitive situations. In the present study, Horner's technique of identifying females who exhibit fear of success was employed. Groups of females exhibiting fear of success and females not exhibiting fear of success were placed in different competitive situations involving a matching task in which they were paired with a male partner, female partner or were alone. Halfway through the task, all subjects were told they were successful. The last half of the task was a measure of success avoidance. It was found that females exhibiting fear of success increased performance on the second half of the task less than those females who did not exhibit fear of success in accordance with Horner's hypothesis. However, the existence of a partner did not affect performance significantly.
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Thomas, Margaret H.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Social Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Women -- Psychology
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