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Rowan University Rowan University Rowan Digital Works Rowan Digital Works Theses and Dissertations 7-10-2013 The influence of active procrastination and passive The influence of active procrastination and passive procrastination on university students' education and success in procrastination on university students' education and success in college college Frank Martini Jr Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Higher Education Commons , and the Student Counseling and Personnel Services Commons Let us know how access to this document benefits you - share your thoughts on our feedback form. Recommended Citation Recommended Citation Martini Jr, Frank, "The influence of active procrastination and passive procrastination on university students' education and success in college" (2013). Theses and Dissertations . 288. This Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by Rowan Digital Works. It has been accepted for inclusion in Theses and Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Rowan Digital Works. For more information, please contact [email protected] .
THE INFLUENCE OF ACTIVE PROCRASTINATION AND PASSIVE PROCRASTINATION ON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ EDUCATION AND SUCCESS IN COLLEGE by Frank S. Martini Jr. A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Special Educational Services/Instruction College of Education In partial fulfillment of the requirement For the degree of Master of Arts in School Psychology at Rowan University April 30, 2013
© 2013 Frank S. Martini Jr.
iii Abstract Frank S. Martini Jr. The Influence of Active Procrastination and Passive Procrastination on University Students’ Education and Success in College 2012/13 Dr. Roberta Dihoff, Ph.D. Master of Arts in School Psychology The purpose of this research study was to explore the relationship between active procrastination, passive procrastination, and non-procrastination in regards to university students’ education and success in college, in an attempt to identify possible benefits of procrastination. University students were distributed a survey that classified them either as an active procrastinator (one who makes deliberate decisions to procrastinate because they feel they work well under pressure), a passive procrastinator (one who finds themselves paralyzed by their indecision to act on a task within an appropriate timeframe), or a non-procrastinator (one who does not procrastinate on most assignments) and analyzed their GPA and success in college. It was hypothesized that those who identified as active procrastinators and non-procrastinators would have a higher GPA and be more successful college students than those identifying as passive procrastinators. Results indicated there was no significant influence of active procrastination, passive procrastination, or non- procrastination on university students’ education or success in college. Implications for future research are discussed.
iv Table of Contents Abstract iii List of Figures vi Chapter 1: Introduction 1 1.1 Need for Study 2

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