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The Relationship between Living Situation, In Person and Online Social Support and Academic Procrastination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Liimatta, P.O.P. (2021) The Relationship between Living Situation, In Person and Online Social Support and Academic Procrastination During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Abstract:The social restrictions and the adapted e-learning environment brought by the COVID-19 pandemic have been met with highly varying responses from higher education students. Some students have reported to be not affected by the change socially, while at the same time, the same population have been indicated to be one of the main risk groups for loneliness during the pandemic. In-line with previous studies and theories, the present study aimed to examine whether the living situation (alone vs. with others) of the students influenced their perceived in-person social support. Also, under investigation was whether living situation, in-person and online social support influenced students’ academic procrastination, one of the main problems in the highly autonomy-demanding e-learning environments. Using a cross-sectional retrospective design, the total sample was 84 students, consisting of 21 males, 64 females and one other (Mage = 21, SDage = 2.9). In addition to the demographic questionnaire, participants were asked to fill measures on academic procrastination (APS-S), in-person social support (MSPSS), and online social support (OSSS). Results indicated living with others versus living alone to be predictive of perceived in-person social support. Post-hoc analyses revealed also significant relations between belonging into the different living with other categories in relation to academic procrastination. In-person social support was also predictive of academic procrastination. Lastly, post-hoc analyses showed a sub-scale of online social support, instrumental support to predict academic procrastination. The study’s limitations were all related to the living situation variable and small sample size. Future recommendations were given to replicate the study with the suggested adaptations and research the suggested relations and explanations for the results. It was concluded that the present study adds upon the research on the well-being of higher education students during the COVID-19 pandemic and on the effectiveness of online social support in relation to academic procrastination.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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