Retention of college students is a high priority for universities across the country.
Educators are constantly looking for ways to retain students and to help them perform well in
school. While academic success has typically been predicted by standardized test scores and high
school performance, they do not fully explain the variance in students’ success. This study looks
at additional predictor variables in relation to students’ success including attitudes toward
psychological and academic help seeking and level of depressive symptoms. A survey of 582
students revealed that avoidance orientation help seeking attitudes, negative attitudes towards
psychological help seeking and depressive symptoms adversely affected students’ cumulative
grade point average.
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