Senior Theses

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Publication Date


Document Type

Thesis (Linfield Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Psychology



Faculty Advisor(s)

Yanna Weisberg (Thesis Advisor)
Jennifer Linder & Brenda DeVore Marshall (Committee Members)

Subject Categories

Cognitive Psychology | Health Psychology | Mental and Social Health | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social Psychology


Previous research done in the area of college student success has focused on academic achievement. The purpose of the current study is to examine the connections between students’ social and emotional support and well-being with their self-reported GPA. To examine this, 72 college students from a small, private college in Oregon rated themselves on their Big 5 personality traits, attachment orientation, and sense of belonging (included: perceived peer support, perceived faculty support, classroom comfort, and perceived isolation). It was found that perceived peer support was positively correlated with self-reported GPA. Further studies will need to be done to replicate these findings and to further investigate perceived support and academic achievement.