Title

Academic Procrastination: A Critical Review of Why Students Procrastinate and Suggestions for Interventions, Especially When Writing a Thesis

Keywords

procrastination, academics; thesis writing

Abstract

Academic procrastination is a problem with which myriad stude~ts struggle. This problem persists even at the graduate level with the writing of theses. This author examines the reported reasons for academic procrastination; these include task aversion and fear of failure, issues of control, perfectionism, time/task management, rebellion, optimism/pessimism, self-esteem, depression, locus of motivation, and demographic/situational variables. A variety of intervention studies conducted during the 1970's through the 1990's are reviewed. Studies are discussed and evaluated according to specific criteria and methodological problems are addressed. The usefulness of this information is discussed in terms of its applicability to procrastination on theses. This author concludes that reasons for academic procrastination on theses must be clearly understood before appropriate interventions can be selected and implemented.

Notes

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Graduation Date

1997

Semester

Fall

Advisor

McGuire, John M.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Clinical Psychology

Format

Print

Pages

141 P.

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0022773

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

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