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This study examined fear of success (FOS) in relation to biological sex and success modeling. Students (N = 108) from a small, liberal arts college completed self-report measures of FOS, success modeling, and demographic factors. It was hypothesized that: (a) no sex differences would be found for FOS and (b) success modeling would be negatively related to FOS. Results indicated female participants reported higher levels of FOS than male participants and success modeling by parents but not by peers was negatively related to FOS. Thus, despite recent societal evidence of equitable achievement, women may still experience higher levels of FOS than men. Also, parental success modeling may be more influential than peer success modeling among college students.

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Journal of Psychological Inquiry