Depression and Academic Performance, Does a Relationship Exist?
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LORENZ, A. J. (2003). Depression and Academic Performance, Does a Relationship Exist?. National Undergraduate Research Clearinghouse, 6. Available online at http://www.webclearinghouse.net/volume/. Retrieved October 22, 2017 .

Depression and Academic Performance, Does a Relationship Exist?
ANDREW J. LORENZ
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Sponsored by: ELIZABETH HAMMER (eyhammer@loyno.edu)
ABSTRACT
This study was conducted on 52 undergraduate students at Loyola University New Orleans, to determine whether a relationship existed between academic performance and depression. Our main hypothesis stated that students who were depressed would have a lower GPA than students who are not depressed. Our secondary hypothesis proposed that students who were depressed were more likely to be dissatisfied with their academic performance, than students who were not depressed. The students were asked to complete a version of the Beck`s Depression Inventory, and also asked to report their GPA. The results of our analysis approached significance (r = -.238, p = .089). Our secondary hypothesis also was not significantly supported. A second analysis was performed to determine if the average depression score on the BDI was higher for students who were dissatisfied with their academic performance. As it turns out, these results also only approached significance (t (50) = 1.979, p= .053). It is unclear whether poor design or other outside factors caused our results to be just outside of significance.

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