Women’s Achievement and Career Motivation: Their Risk Taking Patterns, Home-Career Conflict, Sex Role Orientation, Fear of Success, and Self-concept

  • Helen S. Farmer
  • Leslie J. Fyans


A particular need in psychology is a female relevant model of achievement. This female relevant model would incorporate the relationship among some of the environmental, background, and psychological variables found by previous studies to influence women’s achievement and career motivation. A dominant career motivation model represented by the work by Super (1957, 1976) defines the highly career motivated person in terms not unlike those of the achievement motivation model (i.e., persistence, independence, intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, etc.) Recently Super (1976) emphasized the point that a comprehensive theory of career motivation must take into account both situational and personal determinants and the ways in which these interact at various stages of individual development. Achievement motivation theory and research has seldom attempted to integrate or articulate with career motivation theory and research (Farmer & Backer, 1977).


Risk Preference Achievement Motivation Career Motivation Early Socialization High Achievement Motivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen S. Farmer
    • 1
  • Leslie J. Fyans
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of IllinoisUSA
  2. 2.The University of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of EducationUSA

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