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ERIC Number: EJ1162583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1696-2095
Academic Procrastination in Non-Traditional College Students
Garzón-Umerenkova, Angélica; Gil-Flores, Javier
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v15 n3 p510-532 Dec 2017
Introduction: Procrastination is the act of delaying necessary tasks to the extreme of experiencing discomfort and negative consequences for the individuals. The presence of nontraditional students at universities is a phenomenon which has increased remarkably over the last decades. This type of university students finds some difficulties during their studies, which could result in a higher prevalence of procrastination behaviors among nontraditional college students. To test this, our work compares procrastination levels and reasons to procrastinate among traditional and nontraditional students. Method: A sample of 479 Colombian college students was used. Procrastination and the reasons to procrastinate are measured by the "Procrastination Assessment Scale-Students" ("PASS"). The data analysis is based on descriptive statistics, exploratory factorial analysis, ttest for independent samples and Cohen's d. Results: Nontraditional students show higher procrastination levels (t = 4,412; p < 0,001; d = 0,459), although their reasons to procrastinate are similar to those of traditional students. The nontraditional student condition is a demographic variable relevant for explaining academic procrastination. Discussion and Conclusion: These results suggest the convenience of offering academic counseling and guidance to nontraditional students, to attend procrastination and thus reduce low achievement or dropout risks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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