Title

Group identification and university involvement among first-year students

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

4-29-2010

Conference Name

Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association

Conference Location

Chicago, IL

Peer Review

Contributed

Abstract

Campus involvement has been identified as an important predictor of academic persistence and success. We propose a group identification approach to campus involvement and present the results of three studies. Study 1 established that group identity was strongly related to campus involvement. Study 2 determined that group identity mediated the relationship between student residency (on- vs. off-campus) and campus involvement. Study 3 replicated the prior results, but used a longitudinal design to help rule out alternative explanations. We conclude that group identification, particularly the affective component, plays an important role in campus involvement and offer suggestions for enhancing group identification and for further research.

Keywords

group identity, campus involvement, academic persistence

Disciplines

Psychology | Social Psychology

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