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Relationships Between Self-Esteem and Factors Known to Affect College Attendance
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by Adam Torres, Christy Zenner, Daina Benson, Sarah Harris and Tim Koberlein - Boise State University
Categories: Health | Learning | Motivation
There are many factors impacting student’s decisions to attend college. Researchers investigated self-esteem, perceived academic abilities, and intended college attendance in a group of high school seniors involved in a program aimed at assisting them to get into college. Participants were 83 senior high school students (men = 28, women = 55) from various high schools in Idaho. Many students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and were White (White = 40, Latino = 28, Asian = 6, African American = 2, and other = 6). Participants were asked 39 questions concerning intended college attendance, self-esteem, perceived academic abilities, and other factors that influenced their decision to attend college. Significant correlations were found between self-esteem and perceived academic abilities.
Faculty Supervisor: Mary E. Pritchard, Boise State University