ERIC Number: EJ1094253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
The Influence of Motivation and Adaptation on Students' Subjective Well-Being, Meaning in Life and Academic Performance
Bailey, Thomas Hamilton; Phillips, Lisa J.
Higher Education Research and Development, v35 n2 p201-216 2016
High rates of mental illness among students and discontinuation with university studies are regularly reported. The current study sought to explore relationships between motivation, university adaptation and indicators of mental health and well-being and academic performance of 184 first-year university students (73% female, mean age?=?19.3 years). As expected, intrinsic motivation was associated with greater subjective well-being, meaning in life and academic performance. Extrinsic motivations showed few relationships to outcome variables, while amotivation was consistently associated with poor outcomes. Hierarchical regression revealed that after accounting for adjustment, motivational orientations provided a small, though significant, contribution to the prediction of outcomes. These results are discussed in relation to Self-Determination Theory, the eudaimonic/hedonic dichotomy and implications for career counselling and teaching.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Student Adjustment, Well Being, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Regression (Statistics), Career Counseling, Self Determination, Mental Disorders, Academic Persistence, Correlation, Prediction, College Freshmen, Psychology, Foreign Countries, Measures (Individuals), Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale; Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire