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The predictors of academic success usually include aptitude and previous achievement measures. The present study used a modified version of Rusbult and Farrell's (1983) commitment questionnaire to predict final grades in a university setting. As part of a larger study on the relationship between attitudes and study behaviors, 39 students completed the five parts of the Rusbult and Farrell questionnaire. Responses were then correlated with three dependent measures: a final course grade in calculus, grade point average (GPA), and the grade in a humanities course. Results showed that adjusted R2 of .38 and .40 were obtained with the first two criteria. The implications of using affective variables for predicting academic achievement are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1988-01-01

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