American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

The Associations between University Adjustment, Adult Attachment Styles, Personality Traits, and Perceived Stress
Ayşe Iraz Kural, Dr. Berrin Eylen Özyurt

Transition to university is assumed to be closely related to individual variables such as; attachment, personality and stress perception patterns. This study examined how freshmen adjust university as a function of their attachment style, personality and stress perception patterns. The authors’ aim was to investigate the relations between individual variables (personality, attachment style and perceived stress) and university adjustment success. A group of 277 freshmen from a University in İzmir completed the Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory, Perceived Stress Scale, Adaptation to University Life Inventory, Relationship Questionnaire, and Basic Personality Traits Inventory. Freshmen’s attachment security was positively related to overall university adjustment, extraversion and openness to experience whereas negatively related to neuroticism, negative valence and stress perception. Stress perception, attachment anxiety and avoidance, extraversion and openness to experience were the significant predictors of university adjustment. Also, participants showed significant differences in attachment security, stress perception and university adjustment due to their demographic information. Research implications were discussed.

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