Fear of success in males and females - Effects of developmental level and sex-linked course of study Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Glucocorticoids
  • Signal Transduction


  • Horner's "fear of success" test was administered to 303 children between the 4th and 12th grades. There was an increase of fear of success imagery between the 4th and 10th grades and a decrease between 10th and 12th grades. Fear of success was related to sex only during high school, where it was associated with the course of study pursued by students. Thus, in a high school secretarial course, females showed the lowest fear of success while 12th-grade college-prep females showed fear of success higher than secretarial course females and college-prep males. The findings were interpreted as indicating developmental changes in fear of success due to increasing peer affiliation (4th-10th grades) and sex-linked competitive achievement (high school). © 1976 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

publication date

  • September 1976



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF00287655

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 273

end page

  • 281


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