Adversity Quotient (AQ) and Academic Performance of Selected Students in MSU Marawi City

6 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018

Date Written: June 23, 2016


Adversity Quotient (AQ) is the ability to surmount life’s adversities, whether academic, career or personal-social in nature. The study aimed to describe and correlate the AQ and academic performance of third-year and fourth-year students in Mindanao State University (MSU). It was hypothesized that college students who thrived in a university of multicultural population were persons high in AQ as they were high in academic performance. AQ was measured using the internally reliable Adversity Response Profile-Revised and academic performance was measured by the cumulative grade point average. The respondents were selected through quota sampling. The results revealed that the AQ and academic performance were positively correlated with each other. However, only one of the four components of AQ, the Origin and Ownership (O2), was shown to have significant relationship with academic performance. These findings suggest that the variance in the academic performance of college students would be better explained by the tendency of one to take responsibility for life adversities and not by the entire AQ as a construct itself. This insight is significant to educators, guidance counselors, and parents to nurture in students personal efficacy and self-regulation to facilitate academic success.

Keywords: adversity quotient (AQ), academic performance, college students, MSU Marawi City, descriptive-correlational

Suggested Citation

Espaňola, Raymon P., Adversity Quotient (AQ) and Academic Performance of Selected Students in MSU Marawi City (June 23, 2016). Proceedings Journal of Education, Psychology and Social Science Research, 2016. Available at SSRN:

Raymon P. Espaňola (Contact Author)

Surigao State College Of Technology ( email )

Magallanes Street
8400 Surigao del Norte
Surigao City

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