Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predictors and barriers of student activism
by Bergen, Krista L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 135; 1522205
Abstract (Summary)

This study examines the factors which act as predictors and barriers to student activism in the wake of the current budget crisis. We investigated the personal impact of the budget cuts, a sense of personal responsibility, self-efficacy, political efficacy, collective efficacy, social influence and activist identity as predictors of activism. Conversely, resistance to change, discomfort with tactics, personal costs, and lack of resources were examined as barriers to activism. Participants were 164 students from California State University Long Beach who agreed to take an on line survey. The results of two separate regression analyses suggested that personal responsibility and having an activist identity were significantly related to higher levels of past activism while personal impact, personal responsibility, and having an activist identity were related to higher levels of anticipated future involvement. Additional analyses assessing potentially mediated or moderated relationships among these variables were non-significant. Limitations and implications for future research and action are discussed. Possibilities for future research were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ahrens, Courtney
Commitee: Thoman, Dustin, Wilson, Bianca
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords:
Publication Number: 1522205
ISBN: 978-1-267-97691-8
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