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Conceptualizing Quality of College Life

Description: The objectives of this study were to mathematically model the quality of college life (QCL) concept and to study the associations between attachment style, emotion regulation abilities, psychological needs fulfillment and QCL via structural equation modeling. Data was collected from 507 undergraduate students (men = 178, women = 329; age M = 21.78 years, SD = 4.37). This data was used to provide evidence for the validity of the College Adjustment Scales (CAS) as a measure of quality of college life. The CAS demonstrated good convergent validity with the World Health Organization Quality of Life measure (WHOQOL), Subjective Well-being and Psychological Well-being Scales. Results: Students who were insecurely attached were as likely to feel adequate in their academic and professional endeavors as securely attached students. However, insecurely attached students had lower QCL levels, lower fulfillment of psychological needs and more emotion regulation difficulties than securely attached students. The results also indicated that Anxious Attachment and Avoidant Attachment were positively and strongly associated. Nonetheless, Anxious Attachment and Avoidant Attachment affected QCL through different mechanism. Emotion regulation mediated the path between Anxious Attachment and QCL while the fulfillment of psychological needs mediated the path between Avoidant Attachment and QCL. The fulfillment of psychological needs also mediated the path between emotion regulation and QCL. The described pattern of results was found for three separate models representing 1) the student’s attachment with their romantic partner, 2) best friend and 3) mother. Additionally, the study’s findings suggest a change in primary attachment figure during the college years. Emotion regulation, the fulfillment of psychological needs and QCL were all affected more strongly by the student’s attachment style with their romantic partner and best friend compared to their attachment style with their parents.
Date: August 2014
Creator: Cardona, Laura A.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Students Sitting on Library Mall]

Description: Photograph of two students sitting by the fountain on the North Texas Library Mall. Both students wear black coats and face away from the camera. Trees and academic buildings stand in the background of the photograph.
Date: unknown
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Couple Walking on Campus]

Description: Photograph of a man and woman walking on the North Texas campus. They face away from the camera, following a path that winds through a small wooded area adjacent to an academic building. A few other students can be seen on the path, as well. It appears to be autumn or winter, because the trees have lost their leaves.
Date: unknown
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Students on Library Mall]

Description: Photograph of two students sitting by the fountain on the North Texas Library Mall. Both students wear black coats and face away from the camera. Other students and buildings, such as the library, can be seen in the background.
Date: unknown
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Man Walking on Campus]

Description: Photograph of a man walking away from the camera on the North Texas campus in Denton, Texas. The man travels down a sidewalk where another person can be seen ahead of him. A bench beneath a tree sits to the left of the man.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Students Walking on Campus]

Description: Photograph of four students walking in front of the Administration building on the North Texas campus in Denton, Texas. The three female students appear to be engaged in conversation together, while the male student seems uninvolved with the others. All four subjects are wearing coats or jackets. A sign in the background advertises the new University Store in the Old Union Building.
Date: unknown
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Students Gathering]

Description: Photograph of several students gathered in what appears to be a park. One student stands shirtless and another wears a fringed vest. The group stands by a tree with an advertisement for "transcendental meditation." The tree also has a faux deer head mounted to its trunk. Children are playing in the background of the image.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Students Sitting on Library Mall]

Description: Photograph of two students sitting by the fountain on the North Texas Library Mall. Both students wear black coats and face away from the camera. Other students and buildings, such as the library, can be seen in the background. A small tree stands in the foreground of the photograph.
Date: unknown
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections