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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Stimpson, Emily Carol
Author's Email Address estimpso@vt.edu
URN etd-050499-102958
Title The Effect of Feedback Style on Feedback Seeking Behaviors: an Examination of Perceived Competence
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Chair
Harvey, Robert J. Committee Member
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
  • Feedback Style
  • Feedback Seeking Behaviors
Date of Defense 1999-04-23
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Research in the area of feedback seeking behaviors

(Ashford & Cummings, 1983) has failed to examine the impact

of a supervisor’s feedback style on a subordinate’s

subsequent feedback seeking. This is an important area for

investigation due to the positive relationship between

feedback seeking and performance. Deci and Ryan’s cognitive

evaluation theory suggests that intrinsic motivation may be

an important mediator between feedback style and FSB in

that feedback style impacts an individual’s desire for

mastery of his or her environment which is related to

feedback seeking in Ashford and Cumming’s model. It is

hypothesized that a controlling, in contrast to an

informational, feedback style will decrease feedback


It was found that feedback style, while it did impact

intrinsic motivation, did not have an effect on feedback

seeking behaviors. The valence of the feedback also

impacted intrinsic motivation but only had a marginally

significant effect on feedback seeking from the experimenter

and no effect on feedback seeking from the task itself.

Feedback style and valence did not interact to effect level

of intrinsic motivation or FSB. In only one case, the

effect of feedback valence on feedback seeking from the

experimenter, did it appear that intrinsic motivation acted

as a mediator. Possible explanations for the results are

discussed, including the nature of the task itself.

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