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College Center Ballroom
An Examination of Factors Predicting College Connectedness During a National Pandemic
Nancy Ko, Maddy Welcom, Joe Dwyer, Tran Nguyen, and Devon Brosnan
Date:
April 22nd, 2022
Division:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department:
Psychology
Mentor:
Melissa Ferguson
Mentor's e-mail:
mferguson25@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
nko1@student.cccd.edu
Presentation Slides
Abstract:

The feeling of connectedness with others in society lowers suicidality, improves well-being, and enhances effective learning (APA, 2021; Jorgenson et al., 2018). This study examined possible variables contributing to campus connectedness (CC) among students and if such connectedness decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hypothesized that emotional stability, self-efficacy for initiating conversation, extraversion, and participation in an honor society will positively predict CC. We also expected CC scores to decrease due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To test these hypotheses, we distributed an online survey to Orange Coast College students as part of the Psi Beta National Research Project. Measures included Campus Connectedness, Interpersonal Communication Efficacy Scales, and the Ten Item Personality Inventory (TIPI). The project received 1,412 useful responses from community college students nationwide. First, a comparison of CC scores from the current survey and a pre-pandemic survey found a decrease in CC. Next, a multiple regression analysis indicated that all hypothesized variables, except extraversion, were significant predictors for CC, collectively accounting for approximately 15% of CC variability. Further regression analyses revealed that self-efficacy for initiating conversation significantly mediated the relationship between extraversion and CC. Lastly, participation in an honor society significantly increased CC. If our conclusions are accurate, colleges may want to find ways to increase campus connectedness by helping students increase their confidence for initiating conversation and encouraging them to participate in honor societies.

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