oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Fear of success among Nigerian females: a case study of women in higher education

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The belief that females shy away from academic and occupational success underlies the theory of fear of success. The disposition is believed to be more predominant among females in the world than males. Further, it is generally agreed that the African society is still one that is traditional in orientation as regards gender issues. Thus, many a female in such a society may be more predisposed to such cognitive orientation as compared to her counterparts in the developed world. The thrust of the present study is to find out if, women who by virtue of education and other factors can be found, teaching in higher institutions in the country and equipped with higher degrees are disposed to the fear of success syndrome.

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