Academic Procrastination and Self-Efficacy in College Students

Author: Mashel Fatima

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: BS

Year: 2009-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


Correlational study was conducted to find out the relationship between academic procrastination and self-efficacy in college students (N = 200; M age = 16.87, SD .85) It was hypothesized that there was likely to be a negative relationship between procrastination and self-efficacy in college students. Second, there would be gender differences in academic procrastination and self-efficacy in college students. Third, the Self- efficacy would negatively predict academic procrastination. Active and Passive Procrastination Scale (Chu & Choi, 2005) and General Self- Efficacy Scale (Schwarzer & Jerusalem, 1995) were used to measure the constructs. Contrary to what was hypothesized, it was found that there was positive relationship between self-efficacy and academic procrastination. There were no gender differences in active and passive procrastination. However, boys had higher level of self-efficacy then girls. Results from regression analysis showed that unexpectedly, self- efficacy positively predicted passive procrastination but didn’t predict active procrastination. Implications along with limitations are discussed.

Keywords: Academic Procrastination, Self-Efficacy, Predictors.

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