Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

George W. Barger

Second Advisor

Merlin Hofstetter

Third Advisor

Vince Webb


Although a considerable body of knowledge had been developed on the motive to achieve and the motive to avoid failure (Atkinson, 1953, 1964; McClelland, 1953, 1961; Veroff et al., 1953), the motive to avoid success did not receive much attention until Matina Homer began her work in 1965 (Horner, 1968, 1971; Tresemer, 1974). Since 1965, several other studies (Hoffman, 1974; Feather and Raphelson, 1974; Levine and Crumrine, 1975) have focused on the prevalence and consequences of fear of success, but their results have left several questions unanswered.


Department formerly called Sociology.

A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts.

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