Mediating Effect of Self-Esteem in the Predictive Relationship of Personality and Academic Self-Handicapping
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 4, Issue 3-1, June 2015, Pages: 51-57
Received: Apr. 1, 2015; Accepted: Apr. 2, 2015; Published: Apr. 17, 2015
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Sau Keng Cheng, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mei Yui Law, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Abstract
This study was undertaken to examine the predictive relationship between personality traits and academic self-handicapping with self-esteem as the mediator. A total of 62 (19 males, 43 females) Psychology undergraduates participated in the study. Respondents completed a questionnaire that measured their personality, academic self-handicapping and self-esteem. Results revealed that academic self-handicapping has significantly been predicted by neutral personality (B = -.25, p<0.05). Self-esteem mediated the relationship between relational personality and academic self-handicapping. The paths from relational personality to the mediator self-esteem, and sequential to academic self-handicapping were momentous (B = .46, p<0.05; B = -.35, p<0.05). This study has provided implication in which certain personality traits are evident in contributing to different levels of self-esteem and successively self-handicapping behaviors among the undergraduates.
Keywords
Personality, Academic Self-Handicapping, Self-Esteem
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Sau Keng Cheng, Mei Yui Law, Mediating Effect of Self-Esteem in the Predictive Relationship of Personality and Academic Self-Handicapping, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Special Issue: Psychology of University Students. Vol. 4, No. 3-1, 2015, pp. 51-57. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.s.2015040301.19
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