THE EFFECTS OF FEAR OF FAILURE ON RISK-TAKING AND PERFORMANCE.
BUCKNELL UNIV LEWISBURG PA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Three measures of risk-taking and four measures of performance were employed to investigate the effects of fear of failure FF on these two variables. All Ss were required to participate in all tests and seven hypotheses were formulated and examined within the general areas stated above. In the area of risk-taking, it was found that as the subjective failure became more intense, the high FF Ss tended to take fewer and fewer risks. Likewise, FF was found to have a debilitating effect on three of the performance tasks employed. The previous finding that high FF Ss set wider confirming intervals CIs than low FF Ss was also substantiated. Two questionnaires Risk-Taking and Performance were administered in attempts to obtain more direct indices of the effects of FF motivation in these two areas. Neither questionnaire proved to be as successful as the behavioral measures. Author