Psychological resources as predictors of academic performance of first-year students in higher education

Authors

  • Martina Kotzé University of the Free State
  • Rita Niemann University of the Free State

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.38140/aa.v45i2.1399

Abstract

This article aims to determine whether psychological resources (hope, optimism and resilience) can be potential predictors of academic performance. A cross-sectional survey design was used and the sample consisted of 789 first-year students in Industrial Psychology. The measuring instruments included the State Hope Scale (SHS), the Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R), and the Adult Resilience Indicator (ARI). The results of the simple multiple regression analysis showed that state hope, and specifically pathways, and three dimensions of resilience were statistically significantly related to academic performance, whereas optimism was not a statistically significant predictor of academic performance.

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2013-04-30

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