The relationship of persistence at a task to expectation of success and achievement related motives

N. T. Feather

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Abstract

This investigation examines the effects of S's motivation to achieve success or avoid failure (measured from TAT), his preception of the degree of difficulty of the task, and his probability of success upon continued attempts (persistence) to solve a given problem. Substantiating hypotheses derived from Atkinson's theory (1957, 1958), the results indicated that persistence occurs when motivation to achieve and anticipation of success are high, or when motivation to avoid failure and anticipation of failure are high. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-561
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Abnormal and Social Psychology
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1961
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ACHIEVEMENT NEED, &
  • N ACHIEVEMENT
  • PROBLEM SOLVING PERSISTENCE
  • PROBLEM SOLVING, PERSISTENCE &
  • TAT, &
  • THINKING

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