School of Behavioral Sciences
procrastination, college students, self-efficacy, self-forgiveness, self-regulation, self-esteem
Applied Behavior Analysis | Cognition and Perception
Mortensen, Samantha, "Academic Procrastination in College Students" (2022). Senior Honors Theses. 1165.
Academic procrastination has become a prevalent issue facing students, especially college-aged students. There is a large body of research investigating the reasons behind academic procrastination and why it continues to be a growing problem for students. Researchers want to understand why procrastination affects most college students when it is associated with many long-term negative implications. Following this problem, there have been several studies conducted in hopes of finding a solution to help students procrastinate less. While there has been research about possible treatment options, there has been a lack of research specifically targeting the important predictors of procrastination. In this study, we took data from 239 students from a large, private Christian university in Virginia. We conducted bivariate correlations and a multiple regression analysis between procrastination and “self” related variables such as self-efficacy, self-esteem, self-regulation, and self-forgiveness to assess which variables have the strongest correlation with procrastination to better create treatment plans. The findings of the study indicate that self-regulation had the strongest, unique inverse relationship with procrastination which can help future researchers specifically target that variable when creating treatment plans.