Psychological Correlates of Optimism in College Students
This study assessed optimism held by 300 college students at a midwestern university using Scheier and Carver's Life Orientation Test. Optimism ratings were compared to measures of psychological functioning. Analysis showed that optimism was significantly associated with all of the adjustment measures (social, academic, personal, and goal commitment) assessed with Baker and Siryk's Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire, higher self-esteem measured with Rosenberg's Self-esteem scale, and with lower ratings of loneliness as assessed with the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale.
Montgomery, R., Montgomery, F. H., & Ray, D. M. (2003). Psychological Correlates of Optimism in College Students. Psychological Reports, 92(2), pp. 545-547.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2466/pr0.2003.92.2.545
Keywords and Phrases
Affect; Article; Attitude; Human; Loneliness; Psychological Aspect; Questionnaire; Self Concept; Student; University; Affect; Attitude; Humans; Loneliness; Questionnaires; Self Concept; Students; Universities
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