An investigation of the assumptions of self-handicapping : youth responses to evaluative threat in the physical domain

Cooley, Dean (2004) An investigation of the assumptions of self-handicapping : youth responses to evaluative threat in the physical domain. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

Abstract

Self-handicapping refers to the process whereby people proactively plan excuses for future mistakes. The interpersonal motivation to self-handicap lies in clouding any evaluation of ability, whilst the intrapersonal motivation is the protection of self-esteem. On the surface, self-handicapping represents somewhat health ego-centrism, but if used continually, pathological internalisation is a possibility. This thesis investigated some of the assumptions held for self-handicapping by exploring how a stratified random sample of young people aged between 10 and 16, self-handicapped when faced with an evaluative threat within the physical domain.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15395
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords Pathological psychology, attitude, adolescence, thought and thinking, self-handicapping, psychology, pathological investigation, ego-centrism
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