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Effect of Self-Regulation on Academic Success Among College Students with Traumatic Life Events

Most college students have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. However, not all students are affected equally by trauma—some persevere, whereas others do not. While many studies have assessed the physical and mental effects of traumatic life events on college students, academic performance, and retention rates, the role of self-regulation in moderating the negative effects of trauma in college students is poorly understood. The present study aimed to fill this knowledge gap by exploring the relationship between traumatic life events, academic performance, and self-regulation. We collected survey responses from 59 college students, asking them to self-report their general self-regulation, academic self-regulation, and traumatic life events. Academic performance was operationalized by their GPA. We found no significant correlation between traumatic life events and GPA. Students that rated themselves higher in self-regulation had marginally higher GPAs, but there was no support for the hypothesis that self-regulation moderates the relationship between traumatic life events and GPA. These findings advance our understanding of the critical variables that affect mental health, academic performance, and ultimately retention in college students. They demonstrate that traumatic life events may not necessarily hinder the academic performance of college students, although more research is necessary into what fosters resilience.

College Students, Traumatic Life Events, Self-Regulation, Academic Persistence

APA Style

Karagiorgakis, A., Long-Mitchell, S. (2023). Effect of Self-Regulation on Academic Success Among College Students with Traumatic Life Events. American Journal of Applied Psychology, 12(6), 144-150.

ACS Style

Karagiorgakis, A.; Long-Mitchell, S. Effect of Self-Regulation on Academic Success Among College Students with Traumatic Life Events. Am. J. Appl. Psychol. 2023, 12(6), 144-150. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20231206.12

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Karagiorgakis A, Long-Mitchell S. Effect of Self-Regulation on Academic Success Among College Students with Traumatic Life Events. Am J Appl Psychol. 2023;12(6):144-150. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20231206.12

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