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Humor and college adjustment: The predictive nature of humor, academic achievement, authoritative parenting styles on the initial adjustment of male and female first-year college students


Author(s): Hickman, G. P., & Andrews, D. W.

Citation: Hickman, G. P., & Andrews, D. W. (2003). Humor and college adjustment: The predictive nature of humor, academic achievement, authoritative parenting styles on the initial adjustment of male and female first-year college students. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 15(2), 61-82.

 

Abstract

A self-report questionnaire on academic achievement, birth order, and family structure; the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire; the Parental Authority Questionnaire; and the Coping Humor Scale were administered to 257 first-year college students. Researchers examined the relationships among (a) authoritative parenting style, (b) family structure, (c) academic achievement, (d) birth order, and (e) humor on the initial adjustment of first-year students. Multiple regression models demonstrated that humor, academic achievement, and authoritative parenting were positively related to students' overall college adjustment. Implications were drawn for parents as well as educational institutions.

 

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