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American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Vol.1, No.2, Jun. 2015, Pub. Date: May 14, 2015
Academic Locus of Control and Social Support as Predictors of Research Help-Seeking Behaviour Among Nigerian Undergraduates
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Authors
[01] Aladenusi Oluwakemi, School of Education, Dept. of Psychology, Federal College of Education (Tech.), Akoka, Lagos State.
Abstract
This study was designed to determine the influence of academic locus of control and social support on research help-seeking behaviour among undergraduates in South-west Nigeria. Also, it established the level of research help-seeking behaviour among undergraduates, either satisfactory or not. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design of an ex-post facto type. Three research hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05level of significance. Data was collected using a four standardized instruments. Research instruments were administered to one thousand eight hundred (1800) undergraduate students that were randomly selected from six universities in south-west Nigeria. Data was analysed using Multiple Regression Analysis, t-test and Pearson Product Moment Correlation at 0.05 alpha levels. The results showed that research help-seeking behaviour among undergraduates was not satisfactory (24.515; 32.69%); positive significant relationship was observed between academic locus of control and research help-seeking behaviour (r=.517) and social support (r = .388). Academic locus of control and social support predicted research help-seeking attitude significantly with 35.7% of variance explanation percentage. Also, there was statistically significant difference in undergraduates’ research help-seeking behaviour based on gender (t = 1.666, P< 0.05) but not on field of study (t = 7.009, P< 0.05). The study concluded that academic locus of control and social support was found to exert influence on undergraduates’ research help-seeking behaviour.
Keywords
Academic Locus of Control, Social Support, Help-Seeking Behaviour, Undergraduates, Research Writing
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