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Mentor: Mary Banwart

International Imposter Phenomenon (IP): Testing IP among High Achieving Women in “at risk” Countries - Since the late 1970s scholars have sought to better understand why many successful men and women feel they area fraud or an imposter, in spite of their achievements. Known as the “Imposter Phenomenon” (IP; Clance & Imes,1978), scholars originally discovered IP among high achieving women and have since uncovered its influence on avariety of constructs deemed necessary for effective leadership including self-efficacy, task fulfillment, interpersonal effec tiveness, and emotional intelligence. There is also evidence of the negative impact IP has on both psychological and physiological health. In recent years the study of IP has gone global with evidence that it crosses both continents and cultures. What remains in question is the degree to which cultural challenges directed specifically at women may influence the presence of IP. In order to address this question, the current study seeks to explore this differential to better understand the variables influencing IP among women raised in countries deemed “at risk” on women’s issues.


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