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Tracking Affect and Academic Success across University: Happy Students Benefit from Bouts of Negative Mood

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Tracking Affect and Academic Success across University: Happy Students Benefit from Bouts of Negative Mood

Barker, Erin T, Howard, Andrea L, Galambos, Nancy L and Wrosch, Carsten (2016) Tracking Affect and Academic Success across University: Happy Students Benefit from Bouts of Negative Mood. Developmental Psychology . (In Press)

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Abstract

We examined how positive and negative affect covary within individuals over time and how patterns of association between affective traits and states relate to academic success across four years of university. Participants were 187 full-time first-year students at a large Canadian university who completed questionnaires about recent affective experiences in six waves across 4 years. Grade point average for each year of study was provided by the Registrar’s office. Our analysis identified an adaptive pattern characterized by the maintenance of high positive affect (“chronic happiness”) and the co-occurrence of time-limited bouts of negative affect. Our results are consistent with findings showing productive consequences of experiencing positive and negative affect in tandem and the development of emotion regulation capacity across the transition to adulthood.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Barker, Erin T and Howard, Andrea L and Galambos, Nancy L and Wrosch, Carsten
Journal or Publication:Developmental Psychology
Date:24 August 2016
ID Code:981585
Deposited By: CARSTEN WROSCH
Deposited On:06 Sep 2016 21:17
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53
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