ERIC Number: ED373622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Investigating First-Semester Freshman Adjustment to College Using a Measurement of Student Psychosocial Adjustment. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Bragg, Theresa A.
This study examined the complexities of adjustment to college and its effect on the college student's intent-to-persist in college. The study mailed survey questionnaires (a combination of the "Anticipated Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire" and the "Social Propensity Scale") to a random sample of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen who completed the fall semester and re-enrolled for the spring semester as well as to the entire population of first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshmen who dropped out during the fall semester or did not re-enroll for spring. The study also examined test scores and first-semester grade-point-averages. Of the 1,500 students, 338 returned usable questionnaires. Results found that students who considered dropping out had significantly lower adjustment scores in all areas and lower intent-to-persist scores. A path analysis model also verified the importance of adjustment on students' intent-to-persist. Overall, the study concluded that first-time freshmen face challenges in both changing environments and in moving from adolescence to adulthood and that the impact of personal and academic adjustment difficulties ultimately cause significant numbers of students to drop out. (Contains 19 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).