The Relationship of Fear of Success to Performance Behavior

  • David Ward Tresemer


A test of the relative proportions of males and female who write FOS imagery in TAT-type stories has little meaning if this writing behavior is not found to be related to a behavior theoretically embedded in a fear of success. “Validity refers to the degree to which something does what it purports to do” (Rosenthal and Rosnow, 1975, p. 68)—it is the relationship between FOS and performance that more concerns the users of projective instruments, which usually have low reliability. It has been suggested, for example, that FOS is related to performance for females and unrelated to performance for males. Thus, establishing the relationship between the FOS measure and performance is obviously a task of great importance before rates of FOS from various groups can be compared as indices of the same thing.


Performance Behavior Effect Size Estimate Achievement Motivation Anagram Task Effect Size Index 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

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