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ERIC Number: ED533537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 63
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-7646-7
Can I Graduate from College?: The Influence of Ethnic Identity, Ethnicity, Academic Self-Efficacy and Optimism on College Adjustment among Community College Students
Patterson, Deanna
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University
Deficits in college success rates have prompted several explanatory theories and identification of factors that can remediate these deficits. In particular, there has been an examination of dispositional factors that dictate college student adjustment and subsequent success in academic settings. The study examined the relationship between ethnicity, academic self-efficacy, optimism and ethnic identity on levels of college maladjustment. Participants were 251 community college students enrolled in various psychology courses. The results suggested that optimism and academic-self-efficacy were related to college adjustment levels. Specifically, it was found that optimism accounted for 32.5% of the variance and self-efficacy accounted for 18.4% of the variance explained by college maladjustment levels. Findings are applicable to educational research as they indicate dispositional factors that can improve college success. Further, these dispositional factors are significant in that they can be strengthened whereas other factors that impact college adjustment such as environment remain inflexible. [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; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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