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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: M.S.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Daren Protolipac

Second Advisor

Jody Illies

Third Advisor

Edward Ward

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Psychological Capital, Work-school facilitation, Work-school conflict, Academic Performance, Study Engagement


This research study is interested in further understanding the predictor variables of psychological capital, work-school facilitation, and work-school conflict and their relationship to academic outcomes and study engagement. Specifically, this research explores the moderating effects of psychological capital on the relationship between work-school facilitation, work-school conflict and school performance and study engagement. Previous research has concluded that psychological capital is related to academic performance (Luthans, Luthans, & Jensen, 2012). Further, work-school facilitation and work-school conflict have been found to be related to study engagement (Butler, 2007). It is therefore hypothesized that psychological capital could potentially reduce the negative impact that work-school conflict has on academic performance. Also, psychological capital could potentially act as an amplifier between the already established positive relationship between work-school facilitation and study engagement. The results have implications for the university setting, suggesting that increasing psychological capital and improving the congruence between the work and school-work roles can lead to an increase in academic performance among university students.


I would like to thank my committee members for assisting me throughout the process of writing this thesis, and for giving me the inspiration and courage to tackle such a difficult task. I would also like to thank my mentor through graduate school Dr. Rockenstein for always helping me to believe I can accomplish great things, you are an inspiration and I wouldn't be where I am without your guidance. Also, my family for always being there for me through thick and thin. Finally my classmates that pushed me to be the best I could in all aspects of life.



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