An investigatory study of the relationship between attachment, coping and motivation in adult college students

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Fitzpatrick, Suzanne
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of this study was to examine how adults cope with the demands of college and identify how they are academically motivated as a function of their attachment relationships. Data was gathered from 150 students studying Psychology, Law or Business at a Dublin based institution. The data was gathered by means of self reported questionnaires that assessed attachment, academic motivation and coping behaviours. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed there was no significant difference in attachment scores for all three academic groups (F(2,147)=0.342, p=0.711). The t-test showed a significant difference in emotion-focused coping strategy scores between females and males (t(148)=-1.729, P=0.086, 2t) with the mean for females being higher at 17.7284, than the mean for males at 16.6087. Author keywords: Attachment, coping, academic motivation