Procrastination, self-esteem and academic stress among Makerere University students
Akoko, Salume Anjeline
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The study aimed at finding out the relationship between procrastination, self-esteem and academic stress among Makerere University students. The study adopted a quantitative study design which was correlation in nature with a population of 60 students. Simple random sampling technique was used to draw a sample of 52 respondents from the population. Data was collected from respondents using self-administered standard questionnaire and entered in the computer for analysis through Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software version 23. Descriptive statistics showed that (80.8%) of the respondents were female and (19.2%) were male, majority were between 18-25 years (69.2%). Results from Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r) further indicated a non-significant relationship between procrastination and self-esteem (r= -.169, p=.231), however, there was a significant negative relationship between self-esteem and academic stress (r= -.334**, p=.016), and positive significant relationship between procrastination and academic stress (r=.500**, p=.000). Therefore, the present study provides a basis and implications for further investigation on the relationship between procrastination, self-esteem and academic stress among students in different universities in Uganda. It was recommended that the management of Makerere University needs to design policies that encourage students to go for counseling. This may help them to overcome procrastination and promote high self-esteem among student, thus low academic stress.