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ERIC Number: EJ963378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Students' Distress over Grades: Entitlement or a Coping Response?
Baer, Judith C.
Journal of Social Work Education, v47 n3 p565-577 Fall 2011
Faculties across disciplines have noted an increasing number of students who are highly distressed over grades, and this distress is accompanied by pervasive demands on professors. The student behavior takes several forms, including demands for higher grades, expectations of special accommodations by faculty, and the predictions of dire outcomes for grades less than an A. This study surveyed a group of MSW students using an instrument consisting of the Academic Entitlement Scale and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Using Latent Class Analysis, 2 distinct subgroups were identified: students with high and low self-esteem. High self-esteem students were more likely to make pervasive demands on professors. Findings suggest this behavior is a coping response to internal distress. Suggestions and implications follow. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale