ERIC Number: ED124865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Self Concept as a Predictor of Performance in College Women.
Nichols, Irene A.; Shauffer, Carole B.
This study examined the relationship between self-concept and two measures of academic performance, achievement and attrition. The Tennessee Self Concept Scale (TSCS) was administered to 158 female junior college freshmen. data were collected on achievement (GPA), attrition (Drop nontransfers, Transfers, Persisters), academic ability (SAT), and personal characteristics. Regression analysis indicated a slight, nonsignificant relationship between TSCS scores and GPA. Combining SAT scores with TSCS scores producing a stronger, statistically significant relationship. Results of two one-way analyses of variance indicated that although Transfers had significantly higher self-criticism scores than did Persisters and Dropouts, the three groups did not differ significantly on mean overall self-concept scores. Finally, chi-square analyses showed that students with working mothers had higher GPAs than those whose mothers were housewives and that religious affiliation related to attrition. Proportionally, Protestants were most likely to drop out; Catholics to persist; and Jews to transfer. The results ambigious evidence for a relationship between self-concept and college performance and suggest that other nonacademic variables may be better predictors of achievement and attrition. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Washington, D.C., March 22-23, 1975)