Attributional Focus of Praise and Children's Intrinsic Motivation

  title={Attributional Focus of Praise and Children's Intrinsic Motivation},
  author={Richard Koestner and Miron Zuckerman and Julia Koestner},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={61 - 72}
The present experiment was designed to examine whether children's gender would moderate the effects of ability-focused versus effort-focused praise on their performance, perceived competence, and intrinsic motivation. A secondary goal was to examine whether type of involvement might also serve to moderate the effects of effort-focused praise. Fifth and sixth grade boys and girls were introduced to hidden-figures puzzles in eithera task-involving (ie., gamelike) or an ego-involving (i.e., test… Expand
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