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Title: Personality traits, age and sex as predictors for self-handicapping tendency
Authors: Čolović, Petar 
Smederevac, Snežana 
Mitrović, Dušanka 
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2009
Journal: Psihologija
Abstract: Self-handicapping is one of the strategies people use when facing potential failure. Paper presents new scale for assessing self-handicapping tenedency as relatively stable trait, as well as its relations with personality traits, sex and age. Self-handicapping questionnaire and shortened form of Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire were administered to 230 participants of both sexes, age 18 to 59. Confirmatory factor analysis shows that model with four latent dimensions, encompassed by a higher-order latent dimension, fits the data well. Those lowerorder dimensions correspond to originally created scales: External handicaps in interpersonal area, Internal handicaps in interpersonal area, Internal handicaps in achievement area and External handicaps in achievement area. Results of MANCOVA shows that Neuroticism is predictor of all dimensions of self-handicapping. Impulsive sensation seeking predicts choice of external handicaps in interpersonal area, as well as internal handicaps in achievement area. Latter is predicted also by low Activity. Younger subjects show significantly higher tendency to use internal handicaps, and men in general show more self-handicapping tendency than women, except in choosing internal handicaps in achievement area, where sex shows no significant effect.
ISSN: 00485705
DOI: 10.2298/PSI0904549C
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