Perceiving the causes of success and failure in achievement: Sex, race, and motivational comparisons

Saundra R. Murray, Martha T. Mednick

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Abstract

49 Black male and 58 Black female undergraduates completed the A. Mehrabian measure of achievement motivation, a digit-guessing task, and an instrument assessing subjective outcome and perceived cause of outcome. Males high and low in resultant achievement motivation related luck to outcome. High-achievement females related luck, ability, and effort to outcome, whereas low-achievement-motivated females attributed outcome to task difficulty. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-885
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1975
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • achievement motivation &
  • failure, black college students
  • race, attribution of achievement success &
  • sex &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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