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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt

Second Advisor

Dr. Jessica Flanigan

Third Advisor

Dr. Kelly Shaw


Currently, there is a severe lack of women’s participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Growth mindsets are beneficial for both men and women’s interest and engagement in computer science. Growth mindsets are particularly beneficial for women because a growth mindset predicts women’s learning engagement. In addition, growth mindsets are particularly important for maladaptive perfectionists and can lead to higher levels of efficacy. These findings have important implications for how to increase participation of currently underrepresented groups in STEM fields.