Fear of success in Singapore : an exploratory study (1989)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Science
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
One hundred and five female first year undergraduates of Chinese, Malay and Indian origin participated in a study investigating the construct validity of "fear of success" in Singapore. Fear of success was examined together with personal, personality and attitudinal variables: sex-role identity, locus of control, idiocentrism-allocentrism, attitudes towards women, affiliative tendency, sensitivity to rejection, academic ability, educational goal, environment and course choice, as well as mother's educational and occupational status. The results indicate that only affiliative tendency and sensitivity to rejection predict fear of success in Singaporean women. These findings are discussed in light of the social and economic framework, socialization practices, and interpretation of success in Singapore. It is recommended that future research examine the definition of success for the sample or culture under investigation so as to gain a better understanding of achievement strivings in general.
KeywordsFear of success--Singapore--Sex differences; Achievement motivation--Sex differences.
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