Global self-esteem mediates the effect of general self-efficacy on Chinese undergraduates' general procrastination

Jian-feng Tan1, Ze-wei Ma1, Xue-ting Li2
1Department of Psychology, Guangdong Medical University, People’s Republic of China
2Department of Ideology and Politics Teaching, Guangzhou Civil Aviation College, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Tan, J.-f., Ma, Z.-w., & Li, X.-t. (2015). Global self-esteem mediates the effect of general self-efficacy on Chinese undergraduates' general procrastination. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 43(8), 1265-1272.

Volume 43 Issue 8 | e4777 | Published: September 2015 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2015.43.8.1265–1272

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We investigated the mediating role of global self-esteem in the relationship between general self-efficacy and general procrastination among a sample of 304 Chinese undergraduate students. An online survey method was employed for data collection and willing participants completed an online survey consisting of the General Self-Efficacy Scale, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and the Aitken Procrastination Inventory. The results showed that pro- crastination was negatively related to self-efficacy and self-esteem, and that self-efficacy was positively correlated with self-esteem. Mediation analysis revealed that self-esteem completely mediated the effect of self-efficacy on procrastination. Thus, we suggest that general self-efficacy decreases general procrastination because high self-efficacy fosters high self-esteem. As a result, it is necessary for preventive therapy in the context of procrastination to be focused on the enhancement of self-efficacy in order to cultivate a sense of self-worth in Chinese undergraduate student procrastinators.

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