Academic Procrastination: The Relationship between Causal Attribution Styles and Behavioral Postponement

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Rahim Badri Gargari 1 , * , Hossein Sabour 2 , Fatemeh Norzad 3

1 Assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

2 Department of English & French Language and Literature of University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

3 Department of Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

How to Cite: Badri Gargari R, Sabour H, Norzad F. Academic Procrastination: The Relationship between Causal Attribution Styles and Behavioral Postponement, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2011 ; 5(2):76-82.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 5 (2); 76-82
Published Online: December 31, 2011
Article Type: Original Article
Received: July 18, 2010
Revised: March 19, 2011
Accepted: April 06, 2011

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Abstract

Objective: This research was conducted to study the relationship between attribution and academic procrastination in University Students.

Methods: The subjects were 203 undergraduate students, 55 males and 148 females, selected from English and French language and literature students of Tabriz University. Data were gathered through Procrastination Assessment Scale-student (PASS) and Causal Dimension Scale (CDA) and were analyzed by multiple regression analysis (stepwise).

Results: The results showed that there was a meaningful and negative relation between the locus of control and controllability in success context and academic procrastination. Besides, a meaningful and positive relation was observed between the locus of control and stability in failure context and procrastination. It was also found that 17% of the variance of procrastination was accounted by linear combination of attributions.

Conclusion: We believe that causal attribution is a key in understanding procrastination in academic settings and is used by those who have the knowledge of Causal Attribution styles to organize their learning.

Declaration of Interest: None.

Citation: Badri Gargari R, Sabouri H, Norzad F. Academic procrastination: The relationship between causal attribution styles and behavioral postponement. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2011; 5(2): 76-82.

Keywords

Attribution Controllability Locus of control Procrastination Stability

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