Growth motivation attenuates the self-serving attribution

Sun W. Park, Jack J. Bauer, Nicole B. Arbuckle

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This study examined whether growth motivation would attenuate the self-serving attribution. Previous studies found that people made more internal attributions for success than for failure and that people with high self-esteem made more external attributions for failure than those with low self-esteem. In this study, participants took a listening comprehension test and rated the extent to which a success or failure score was due to them. The score was randomly assigned. It was found that people with high self-esteem and high growth motivation made more internal attributions for failure than those with high self-esteem but low growth motivation. Implications for research on self-esteem were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-917
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Growth motivation
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-improvement
  • Self-serving attribution
  • Self-serving bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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