Intervention Effects on College Performance and Retention as Mediated by Motivational, Emotional, and Social Control Factors: Integrated Meta-Analytic Path Analyses

Journal of Applied Psychology 2009, Vol. 94, No. 5, 1163-1184

22 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2014

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Steve Robbins

ACT Inc. - Research Division

In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Le Huy

TUI University

Christopher Button

University of Iowa

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Using both organizational and educational perspectives, the authors proposed and tested theoretical models on the mediating roles that psychosocial factors (PSFs; motivational, emotional, and social control factors) play between college interventions (academic skill, self-management, socialization, and First-Year-Experience interventions) and college outcomes (academic performance and retention). They first determined through meta-analysis of 404 data points the effects of college interventions on college outcomes and on PSFs. These meta-analytic findings were then combined with results from S. B. Robbins et al.’s (2004) meta-analysis to test the proposed models. Integrated meta-analytic path analyses showed the direct and indirect effects (via PSFs) of intervention strategies on both performance and retention outcomes. The authors highlight the importance of both academic skill and self-management-based interventions; they also note the salience of motivational and emotional control mediators across both performance and retention outcomes. Implications from organizational and educational perspectives, limitations, and future directions are addressed.

Keywords: interventions, psychosocial factors, college outcomes, academic performance, academic retention

Suggested Citation

Robbins, Steve and Oh, In-Sue and Huy, Le and Button, Christopher, Intervention Effects on College Performance and Retention as Mediated by Motivational, Emotional, and Social Control Factors: Integrated Meta-Analytic Path Analyses (2009). Journal of Applied Psychology 2009, Vol. 94, No. 5, 1163-1184. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401151

Steve Robbins

ACT Inc. - Research Division ( email )

500 ACT Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243
United States

In-Sue Oh (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

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Alter Hall 343
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fox.temple.edu/mcm_people/in-sue-oh/

Le Huy

TUI University ( email )

5665 Plaza Dr., 3rd Floor
CA, 90630
Cypress, CA 90630
United States

Christopher Button

University of Iowa

341 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1097
United States

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