Self-esteem and fear of negative evaluation as predictors of self-handicapping among university students

Bozkurt, Melisa
The present study aimed to investigate the predictive roles of fear of negative evaluation and self-esteem on self-handicapping among university students. The participants of the study consists of 440 university students recruited through convenience sampling. Demographic information form, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale and Self-Handicapping Scale were administered to the participants via an online form. In order to answer the research question, a multiple regression analysis was run. Multiple regression analysis revealed that self-esteem and fear of negative evaluation are significant predictors of self- handicapping with an explained variance of 34% of the prediction model [F(2, 437) = 112.754, p < .01, R2 = .34]. Additionally, a significant negative relationship was found between predictor variables, which suggests that individuals with higher levels of self- esteem are more likely to have lower tendency to have fear of negative evaluation. The findings will contribute to the understanding of self-handicapping and provide an evidence base for counselors working with university students.


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Citation Formats
M. Bozkurt, “Self-esteem and fear of negative evaluation as predictors of self-handicapping among university students,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.