A study on the relationship of dispositional optimism and perception of academic stress in high-ability students
Tan, Christopher Tzy Yung
Tan, Liang See
Optimism is a positive psychological trait which may help individuals to cope with stressful and adverse situations. This study examined the relationship of dispositional optimism and gender on high-ability students’ perception of academic stress. It also sought to understand the relationship of dispositional optimism with other psychological variables such as self-esteem, academic self-efficacy, academic resilience, hope and satisfaction in school among high-ability students. Lastly, this study investigated the academic programme and gender differences in these psychological factors. Two hundred and ninety-eight high-ability junior college level students participated in this study and data was collected using the self-report Optimism, Stress, & other Psychological Traits (OSPT) questionnaire. Results revealed a significant negative relationship between optimism and academic stress in students. Dispositional optimism and gender were significant predictors of academic stress among high-ability junior college students in Singapore. Possible explanations for the results were suggested and implications of the findings were discussed.