Perceived Social Support, Rejection Sensitivity, Self-Control and Adjustment in University Hostel Students

Author: Mahwish Idrees
Supervisor: Iram Fatima, PhD
Degree: MPhil,
Year: 2012-2014
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

A correlational study was conducted to investigate the relationship of perceived social support, rejection sensitivity and self-control with adjustment in university hostel students (N = 230). It was hypothesized that perceived social support, rejection sensitivity and self-control would predict adjustment (academic, social, personal-emotional, institutional attachment) in hostel students. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that self- control would moderate the relationship of perceived social support and rejection sensitivity with adjustment (academic, social, personal- emotional, institutional attachment). Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet, Delhem, Zimet & Farley, 1988), Adult-Rejection Sensitivity Questionnaire (Downey, Brenson & Kang, 2006), 10-Item Brief Self Control Questionnaire (Tangney, Baumister & Boone, 2004) and Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (Baker & Siryk, 1999) were used to assess social support, rejection sensitivity, self-control and adjustment respectively. Hierarchical regression was used to test prediction hypotheses whereas moderation was analyzed through PROCESS Macro by Hayes (2013). Results indicated that self-control moderated the relationship between perceived social support and social, personal-emotional, institutional and overall adjustment whereas no interaction between rejection sensitivity and self-control on adjustment domains (academic, social, personal-emotional, institutional attachment) and overall adjustment was observed. However, rejection sensitivity negatively predicted academic, social, institutional and overall adjustment. The study has important implications in identifying the variables responsible for effecting student’s adjustment and aid student counselors in improving their adjustment.

Keywords: Social Support, Rejection Sensitivity, Self-Control, Adjustment, Hostel Students.
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