Conceptualization and measurement of beliefs about failure

Hlroshi Ikeda, Ryo Mlsawa

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The present study aimed to develop a scale to measure beliefs about failure, that is, individual differences in positive and negative value beliefs about experiences of failure, and to examine the reliability and validity of the scale. In Study 1, items were developed on the basis of an extensive literature review and responses to open-ended questions. The scale was then completed by 246 undergraduates; their responses were analyzed using exploratory factor analysis. The results revealed that the scale had the following 4 factors: negative affective valence of failure, learning orientation, need to avoid failure, and perceived probability of occurrence of failure. In Study 2, 759 undergraduates completed the scale; analysis of their responses confirmed the scales validity and reliability, including adequate internal consistency and test-retest reliability. In Study 3, 187 undergraduates completed a questionnaire on hypothetical failure situations. The results suggested that the participants beliefs about failure determined their causal attributions for negative events and their subsequent coping behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-379
Number of pages13
JournalJapanese Journal of Educational Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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