Growth motivation attenuates the self-serving attribution

Sun Woong Park, Jack J. Bauer, Nicole B. Arbuckle

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Abstract

This study examined whether growth motivation would attenuate the self-serving attribution. Previous studies found that people made more internal attributions for success than for failure and that people with high self-esteem made more external attributions for failure than those with low self-esteem. In this study, participants took a listening comprehension test and rated the extent to which a success or failure score was due to them. The score was randomly assigned. It was found that people with high self-esteem and high growth motivation made more internal attributions for failure than those with high self-esteem but low growth motivation. Implications for research on self-esteem were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-917
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Growth motivation
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-improvement
  • Self-serving attribution
  • Self-serving bias

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  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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Growth motivation attenuates the self-serving attribution. / Park, Sun Woong; Bauer, Jack J.; Arbuckle, Nicole B.

In: Journal of Research in Personality, Vol. 43, No. 5, 01.10.2009, p. 914-917.

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Park, Sun Woong ; Bauer, Jack J. ; Arbuckle, Nicole B. / Growth motivation attenuates the self-serving attribution. In: Journal of Research in Personality. 2009 ; Vol. 43, No. 5. pp. 914-917.
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