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ERIC Number: EJ1007770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Looking beyond Grades: Comparing Self-Esteem and Perceived Academic Control as Predictors of First-Year College Students' Well-Being
Stupnisky, Robert H.; Perry, Raymond P.; Renaud, Robert D.; Hladkyj, Steve
Learning and Individual Differences, v23 p151-157 Feb 2013
Previous research has found perceived academic control (PAC) to be a better predictor of first-year college students' grades than self-esteem; however, it is uncertain which construct is more important for students' well-being. The current study compared PAC and self-esteem on first-year college students' emotions, perceived stress, and self-reported health using structural equation modeling. Regarding emotions, students' PAC negatively predicted boredom and anxiety, and had a small positive predictive effect on enjoyment; in contrast, students' self-esteem had a relatively small negative relationship with anxiety. Regarding stress and health, self-esteem negatively predicted students' perceived stress and positively predicted students' self-reported psychological and physical health; comparatively, PAC had a negligible relationship with these outcomes. Discussion focuses on the unique relationships between self-esteem and perceived academic control with college students' well-being, and the importance of examining predictors of these variables in addition to grades. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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