Research in Higher Education

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 291–320

Student attrition, intentions, and confidence: Interaction effects in a path model

  • John P. Bean

DOI: 10.1007/BF00977899

Cite this article as:
Bean, J.P. Res High Educ (1982) 17: 291. doi:10.1007/BF00977899


A causal model of student attrition developed by the author (Bean, 1981) was reduced to 10 independent variables. Background variables were excluded from the analysis. The sample was partitioned into high- and low-confidence men and women based on interaction effects. The model was estimated using a sample of 1,574 college freshmen. TheR2 for dropout ranged from .42 to .50. Based on the effects coefficients, the overall ranking of the independent variables in influencing dropout in descending order of importance was as follows: intent to leave; grades; opportunity to transfer; practical value; certainty of choice; loyalty; family approval; courses; student goals; and major and job certainty.

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© Agathon Press, Inc 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Bean
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomington