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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Doctoral students-Psychology, Self-efficacy, Procrastination, Doctoral dissertation


Procrastination and self-efficacy have been studied over the years; however, there is a gap in the literature on the relationship between the two constructs and in relation to the populations in which researchers have chosen to focus. The present study used quantitative approaches to explore the relationship, if any, that existed between procrastination and self-efficacy in graduate students finishing a doctoral dissertation (N=19). Data were collected using an anonymous online survey which included demographic questions, the General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSES), and the Tuckman Procrastination Questionnaire (TPQ). The GSES calculated levels of self-efficacy and the TPQ assessed levels of procrastination. The major finding was that procrastination and self-efficacy were strongly correlated in graduate students finishing a doctoral dissertation. Further relationships between the constructs and demographic data were explored as well.




v, 46 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 36-39)