Striving to Avoid Inferiority and Procrastination among University Students : The Mediating Roles of Stress and Self-Control

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Original languageEnglish
Article number5570
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number11
Online published23 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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The current study intended to examine whether the relationship between university students’ striving to avoid inferiority (SAI) and procrastination was serially mediated by stress and self-control. The sample consisted of 154 Hong Kong university students. Their levels of striving to avoid inferiority, stress, self-control, and procrastination were measured by the Striving to Avoid Inferiority Scale (SAIS), the stress subscale of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21), the Short Self-Regulation Questionnaire (SSRQ), and the General Procrastination Scale (GPS), respectively. The results of structural equation modeling revealed that SAI positively predicted stress, stress negatively predicted self-control, and self-control negatively predicted procrastination. SAI did not directly predict procrastination. The results of bootstrapping analyses supported the hypotheses that the effect of stress on procrastination was mediated by self-control, the effect of SAI on self-control was mediated by stress, and more importantly, the effect of SAI on procrastination was serially mediated by stress and self-control. Further research is suggested to investigate the thoughts and feelings pertinent to procrastination and the actual duration of procrastination among university students.

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  • procrastination, striving to avoid inferiority, performance-avoidance goal orientation, stress, self-control

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Striving to Avoid Inferiority and Procrastination among University Students : The Mediating Roles of Stress and Self-Control. / To, Peter-Yee-Lap; Lo, Barbara-Chuen-Yee ; Ng, Ting-Kin; Wong, Bernard-Pak-Ho; Choi, Anna-Wai-Man.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 18, No. 11, 5570, 06.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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