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ERIC Number: ED516209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 61
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-8116-8
Achievement Motivation and Stress Inoculation Training: Coping through College
Ayers, Sharonda C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
The benefits of college education are extensive. In addition to the obvious cognitive advantages, those who obtain a college education experience economic, health, family and neighborhood benefits. These benefits are felt not only within the generation of the individual who completed their degree; but inter-generationally as well. The ability to encourage matriculation or prevent drop-out at the college level may have the effect of extending the benefits of a college degree to a larger population. Stress inoculation training (SIT) has been discussed as an ideal program for enhancing overall student performance. In addition, a student's achievement motivation has been identified as integral to academic persistence. If achievement motivation could be used as a point of intervention, then it may be possible to engender the experience necessary to enhance student persistence and attainment of a college degree. Thirty-five enrichment students were recruited to participate in an experiment designed to assess the impact of SIT on coping skills and achievement motivation. Twenty-one students participated in the stress inoculation training session; fourteen students served as a no treatment control group. Multivariate analyses of covariance, controlling for significant between group demographic variables, were used to determine whether the intervention produced statistically significant improvements in the SIT group relative to the control group on the variables of coping and achievement motivation. Although the intervention failed to produce the desired effects, the study highlighted important methodological considerations for future research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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