Persistence in High and low Achievers of First Year Intermediate Students

Author: Ayesha Aslam

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

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


A cross sectional study was conducted to compare high achievers and low achievers of first year intermediate students on two dimensions of persistence, i.e., perseverance and consistency. It was hypothesized that high achievers would be more persistent than low achievers and there would be gender differences in persistence. Grit Scale of Perseverance and Passion for Long Term Goals (2007) was used to assess persistence. High achievers (n = 100) were those who obtained more than 80% marks in higher secondary school, while low achievers (n = 100) were those who obtained less than 60% marks. Each group comprised of equal number of girls and boys with mean age of 17.9 years. The findings of the current study revealed that high achievers were more perseverant and consistent than low achievers. Moreover, it was also observed that there were no gender differences in perseverance. However, girls were more consistent than boys.

Keywords: Perseverance, Consistency, High Achievers, Low Achievers.

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