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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Gregory Jurenec, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

College students; Academic achievement; Behavior assessment; Help-seeking behavior; College students--Services for--United States--Case studies


This study examines the relationship between achievement goal orientation, implicit theory of intelligence, academic self-efficacy and help-seeking behavior in regard to the usage of an academic support center in a university setting. A group of 95 undergraduates completed measures of each of the aforementioned variables and reported their utilization of academic support services. Results suggest that goal preferences and high levels of self-efficacy are related to specific types of behaviors, such as informal help-seeking and instrumental activities. No significant relationship was found between history of academic support and goal preferences, theory of intelligence, or self-efficacy. Implications for academic support centers, limitations of the current study, and future research directions are discussed.


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