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Perceptions of Retention and Adjustment in Male First-Year College Students

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dc.contributor.advisor Boyer-Pennington, Michelle Vest, Jessica 2018-06-05T20:04:57Z 2018-06-05T20:04:57Z 2018-03-30
dc.description.abstract The study examined the relationship between belonging to an athletic or Greek-affiliated group and first semester freshmen male college students’ (a) perceived stress, (b) level of college adjustment, (c) sense of belonging, and (d) expected retention. Thirty-first-year male college students who belonged to a collegiate group and non-members completed The Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ; Baker & Siryk, 1984, 1989), the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS; Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983), a demographic questionnaire assessing additional retention and adjustment factors, and questions from the Sense of Belonging to Campus Scale (Hurtado & Carter, 1997). On average, students reported low adjustment levels. Stress levels were similar for each group. Non-members reported higher sense of belonging. Athletes appear to have reported a slightly higher Sense of Belonging than fraternity members. Students who intended to return reported moderate stress. Members of a collegiate group reported lower expected retention than non-members.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Adjustment
dc.subject Athlete
dc.subject Freshmen
dc.subject Greek
dc.subject Retention
dc.subject Sense of Belonging
dc.title Perceptions of Retention and Adjustment in Male First-Year College Students
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeemember Rust, James
dc.contributor.committeemember Marshall, Seth
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi Education
dc.subject.umi Higher education M.A.
dc.contributor.department Psychology en_US

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