Bush 1 Responsibility and Academic Performance Carissa Bush Texas Tech University May 5, 2015
Bush 2 Abstract College students take on large responsibilities that cause them to suffer from stress. For this study, 41 participants took part in a survey in order to find a correlation or regression between college students taking on added responsibility (like a pet or caring for a dependent, whether it be a parent, grandparent, child, or sibling) and its affect of their academic performance; either improved a student's GPA or causes a decline in GPA. Participants were gathered out of convince through online sources. They took part, voluntarily, in a survey created by the use of computer software Qualtrics. The purpose of this study is to bridge the gap and connect academic performance with responsibility by measuring stress levels and ego depletion
Bush 3 Introduction College students have high reported rates for leaving an institution for reasons such as being a first-generation student, coming from a lower socioeconomic environment, or certain personality traits (Miller, 2014). Many students who enter college sometimes explore several means of taking on extra responsibility besides their studies. Students take on added responsibilities such as getting a job or taking care of a pet, while some strictly focus on school. The problem is, academic performance changes when students leave high school and enter into college. Different academic tests are administered to high school students to predict college academic success. Sometimes the tests are helpful and other times they misinterpret individuals' results and prove to be wrong based on academic testing alone (Ferguson, E. J, 1976). To find correlating factors, this study used added responsibility and academic performance. Added responsibility is defined by taking care of a dependent, wheatear it be a person or an animal; Academic performance is defined by grade point average (GPA) . , Based on family history, students will be more likely to follow in those who went before them in the same path of responsibility (Monroe, 2014). In the event of going away to college, continuing on with added responsibility is simply routine. For others, added responsibility causes stress and depletion of the ego; limiting their source of will power and self control. The ego needs to have some form of energy to accomplish tasks, therefore the lack of will power can negatively affect behavior and decisions. (Baumeister, Bratslavsky, Muraven, & Tice, 1998). In a study done by Katherine Bauer, workloads are observed and how they affect an individual's ego depletion with eating habits and their stress levels. Individuals with a full time work load show poorer eating habits and higher stress levels (Bauer, Berge, Escoto, Hearst, Neumark-Sztainer, 2012). If self-control resources are depleted, cognitive task performance will be impaired causing poor executive
Bush 4 control and the shortening of working memory (Li, Nie, Zeng, Huntoon, & Smith, 2013). For
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