Relations between idleness, procrastination and self-efficacy in students

[Speaker] Babaeva, Yulia:1
[Co-author] Mekhtizade, Elina:1, Varvaricheva, Yana:1
1:Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

Performing academical tasks in a timely manner is an important factor of student's successfulness. Delaying planned course of action (procrastination) may be caused by different factors including infirm confidence in one's abilities to fulfill the task - low self-efficacy. Also procrastination may be connected with idleness, as one of its behavioral manifestations.
Goal: to reveal relationships between self-efficacy, procrastination and idleness.
Sample: 220 students of 2 universities in Baku (Azerbaidjan); 96 males, 124 females (age 16-23).
Method: General Procrastination Scale (C.Lay); Subjective Idleness Evaluation (Y.Varvaricheva); General Self-efficacy Scale (R.Shwarzer, M.Jerusalem); interview.
Results: There was found a significant negative correlation between procrastination and level of self-efficacy (p<0,001). Males demonstrate higher level of procrastination than females (p=0,044), without gender differences in self-efficacy. Students of humanitarian specialties procrastinate significantly more often than those who study natural-sciences. Idleness positively correlated with procrastination. Interview revealed the necessity to differentiate actual spheres of procrastination and self-efficacy.
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