Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to study fear of success among community college students. The sample included 160 students, 98 females and 62 males. The independent variables were gender, Bem Sex Role, self-esteem, age, college classification, grade point average, and family structure. The dependent variable was fear of success scores. Five composite null hypotheses were tested using three-way analysis of variance. A total of 19 comparisons plus 13 recurring comparisons were made. Of the 19 comparisons, 7 were for main effects and 12 were for interactions. Of the 7 main effects, one was statistically significant at the .05 level. The significant main effect was for gender. The results indicated females had statistically more FOS than males. None of the 12 interactions were statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. Females have more fear of success than males, 2. No association between the Bem Sex Role and fear of success, 3. No association between self-esteem and fear of success, 4. No association between age and fear of success, 5. No association between college classification and fear of success, 6. No association between grade point average and fear of success, and 7. No association between family structure and fear of success.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Fall 1992

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1992 Deanna L. Barnett


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