Social Psychology of Education

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 483–493

Psychological well-being and scholastic achievement among university students in a Canadian Prairie City


DOI: 10.1007/s11218-007-9026-y

Cite this article as:
Chow, H.P.H. Soc Psychol Educ (2007) 10: 483. doi:10.1007/s11218-007-9026-y


This article reports the findings from a questionnaire survey of university students’ scholastic achievement and psychological well-being in a Canadian prairie city. Multiple ordinary least-squares regression analyses revealed that sex, educational aspirations, hours spent on studying, father’s education, physical health, financial stress, and stress due to balancing work, school, and social life were found to be significantly associated with academic performance. More specifically, female students and those who reported higher educational aspirations, indicated better physical health, experienced less financial stress or stress due to finance or to balancing work, school, and social life, spent more time on studying, and those whose father had a higher level of education were found to perform better academically. On the other hand, income, physical health, relationship with significant other, relationship with family, relationships with friends, self image, and academic stress were found to be significantly related to psychological well-being. Put succinctly, respondents who had a higher family income, reported better physical health, expressed a higher degree of satisfaction with their relationships with family, friends, and significant other, indicated a more positive self-image, and experienced less academic stress were found to exhibit a significantly higher level of psychological well-being.


University students Psychological well-being Scholastic achievement 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology & Social StudiesUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

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