College adjustment among freshmen: Predictors for White and Hispanic males and femalesedit
The purpose of this study was to assess personal and interpersonal variables as predictors of college adjustment among a sample of 883 freshmen. Specifically, we examined the extent to which self-esteem, parental education, parental support, and peer support predicted adjustment during the first year of college. Furthermore, we were interested in determining if these predictor variables varied by race and gender. Regression analyses revealed that self-esteem was predictive of better adjustment to college among all groups except Hispanic males. In addition, parents’ education level was predictive of overall college adjustment for females regardless of race. Moreover, White females who had supportive peers reported being better adjusted to college.