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Symbolische Selbstergänzung und Leistungsmotivation

Studied the effect of achievement motivation on symbolic self-completion within the context of the theory of symbolic self-completion. This theory holds that individuals who have sustained a threat to their self-definition through an experience of failure strive to stabilize their self-definition through appropriate symbols. Human subjects: 91 male and female German adults (preclinical medical students). In a 2 X 2 factorial design, Ss with either high or low achievement motivation were offered the opportunity to engage in symbolic and/or concrete self-completion following experiences of success or failure on a bogus social-skills test. The relationship between Ss' achievement motivation and choice of self-completion modality was analyzed. Tests used: The Multimotive Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) by D. C. McClelland et al (1953). (English abstract) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)