Hope, but Not Optimism, Predicts Academic Performance of Law Students Beyond Previous Academic Achievement
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Psychology
Amanda M. Shea
affiliation not provided to SSRN
December 1, 2011
This longitudinal study examined the relative associations of initial levels of hope and optimism with subsequent academic performance and life satisfaction among first-year law students (N=86). Path analysis showed that hope, but not optimism, predicted better academic performance, while controlling for Law School Admission Test scores and undergraduate grades. Both hope and optimism uniquely predicted greater life satisfaction at the end of the first semester.
Keywords: hope, optimism, academic performance, life satisfaction, law students
Date posted: January 18, 2012
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