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The achievement motivation in women

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between self-esteem and locus of control on achievement motivation in women. The hypotheses for the present study were that there would be a positive relationship between self-esteem and achievement motivation, and that there would be a positive relationship between locus of control and achievement motivation. The subjects for this study were sixty, randomly selected females, ages 13 to 58 years. The Torrance Personal-Social Motivation Inventory was used to assess achievement motivation mean scores; the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale was used to assess the self-esteem developmental mean scores; and the Rotter Internal-External Locus of Control Scale was used to assess the internal locus of control mean scores. A stepwise multiple regression analysis was applied to test the hypotheses and supplemental data. Within the framework of the hypotheses, the findings of this study indicated that self-esteem is not correlated with achievement motivation. This study also indicated that the internal locus of control is not correlated with achievement motivation. However, there was a trend towards the direction predicted although it was not significant. Recommendations for future research were offered.

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