Effect of Metamotivational Dominance and Perceived Control on Post-Failure Coping Styles of College Students

 Mamta Sharma, Simranjeet Kaur,
Punjabi University, Patiala. Govt. Rajindra College, Bathindaa


The present study was conducted to examine the effect of metamotivational dominance (telic/paratelic) and perceived control (high/low) on the coping styles of students after experiencing failure. For this purpose, 120 College students (age ranging 18-24 years) were administered on Motivational Style Proûle (Apter et al., 1998). After manipulation of perceived control through experimental tasks, subjects were administered on Coping Responses Inventory (Moos, 1993). A 2×2 analysis of variance was used to find out the effect of metamotivational dominance (telic/paratelic) and high/low perceived control on coping. The hypotheses of the present research have been supported. Results revealed a significant mean difference between telic and paratelic dominant participants on approach coping (F= 14.93, p < 0.01), and avoidance coping (F=15.21, p < 0.01). Results suggest that telic dominants employ more approach coping strategies and less avoidance coping strategies than paratelic dominants. Also a significant mean difference has been found between high/low perceived control on coping: approach coping (F= 5.83, p < 0.05), and avoidance coping (F=21.549, p < 0.01). Furthermore, findings also indicate a significant two-factor interaction between telic/paratelic dominance and high/low perceived control for coping. The findings of the study have important implications for effective dealing with failure.

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