Representational Models Associated with Fear of Failure in Adolescents and Young Adults

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Abstract

As a descriptive trait, fear of failure (FF) has been associated with serious problems in achievement and health. Psychodynamic theories emphasizing interpersonal processes and early object relations are often used to explain the etiology of FF despite little comprehensive research on such theories in the FF domain. The present study employed the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior to study associations between FF and representational models of self and others among 211 high school and college-aged students and athletes. FF was strongly associated with hostile representational models of self while failing (large effect size). This hostility paralleled the manner in which high FF participants reported being treated by their parents and most significant instructors (all moderate effect sizes). Overall, results supported the complementary nature of these theoretical perspectives and provided further evidence for interpersonal theories of FF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-783
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Personality
Volume71
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003

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