ATTEMPTING TO IMPROVE THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STRUGGLING COLLEGE STUDENTS BY BOLSTERING THEIR SELF-ESTEEM: AN INTERVENTION THAT BACKFIRED

@article{Forsyth2007ATTEMPTINGTI,
  title={ATTEMPTING TO IMPROVE THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STRUGGLING COLLEGE STUDENTS BY BOLSTERING THEIR SELF-ESTEEM: AN INTERVENTION THAT BACKFIRED},
  author={Dondelson R. Forsyth and N. Lawrence and J. Burnette and R. Baumeister},
  journal={Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology},
  year={2007},
  volume={26},
  pages={447-459}
}
Abstract Theory and prior research suggest that (a) a positive sense of self–worth and (b) perceived control over one's outcomes facilitate constructive responses to negative outcomes. We therefore predicted that encouraging students to maintain their sense of self–worth and/or construe their academic outcomes as controllable would promote achievement. In a field experiment, low–performing students in a psychology class were randomly assigned to receive, each week, review questions, review… Expand
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