Self-Handicapping and Irrational Beliefs About Approval In A Sample of Teacher Candidates

Çınar KAYA, Erol UĞUR, Ali Haydar ŞAR, Mustafa ERCENGİZ


The main objective of the present study is to investigate the relationships between self-handicapping, and irrational beliefs about approval, irrational beliefs about interpersonal relationships, irrational beliefs about self and the overall level of irrational beliefs via the “ABC” framework. Participants of the study were 263 teacher candidates. Self-Handicapping Scale and Irrational Beliefs Scale-Short Form was utilized in order to measure the constructs. Spearman’s Rho correlations and Mann Whitney U analyses were conducted. Irrational beliefs about approval and general irrational beliefs levels significantly related with levels of self handicapping (r= .33 and r= .18 respectively, p< .05). The results verified that self-handicapping scores related positively to the scores of irrational beliefs about approval. A gender difference with respect to levels of irrational beliefs about approval was also verified. The results were discussed within the scope of the related literature.


self-handicapping; irrational beliefs; approval; teacher candidates

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