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ERIC Number: ED523918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 137
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-9130-4
The Impact of an Online Orientation Program on the Impostor Phenomenon, Self-Efficacy, and Anxiety
Ives, Sujata Kolhatkar
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The imposter phenomenon (IP), defined as the fear that others may perceive one to be an intellectual "phony", and its association to one's self-efficacy (SE) and anxiety, requires further research. This dissertation investigates the IP, SE, and anxiety and their interrelationships at the beginning and at the end of an orientation program for a graduate studies track. Bandura's SE and the theories associated with IP formed the theoretical framework for the study. In this quasi-experimental, single group, pretest-posttest study, 84 participants completed both pretest and posttest surveys. Multiple regression analysis was employed to examine cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships among key variables. Participants completed a questionnaire that contained a demographic section, the Impostor Phenomenon scale (IP), the General Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE), and the Computer Anxiety scale (CARS). These instruments were administered at the beginning and at the end of the program. Findings from this research study indicated an inverse relationship between the IP and SE (r = -0.42 and p less than 0.01 for pretest; r = -0.44, and p less than 0.01 for the posttest), and a positive relationship between self-efficacy and anxiety (r = 0.24; p less than 0.05). High anxiety could lend to attrition, and the relationships support that students who feel they are imposters may not be achieving to their full potential and capability. Implications for social change include useful knowledge for educators and administrators who can design orientation programs to reduce IP and anxiety, which could potentially lead to both increased retention and completion rates, and ensure student success. [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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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Computer Anxiety Scale