The purpose of this study was to determine if three theories, Burnout, Conservation of Resources Theory, and Basic Psychological Needs Theory could be used to predict GPA of undergraduate students. It was hypothesized that the combination of these three theories could be used as a predictor of GPA. 57 participants from the College of Wooster between the ages of 18 and 22 took the Maslach Burnout Inventory General Survey-Student Survey, the Conservation of Resources Evaluation, as well as the Basic Psychological Needs Scale. The data from these measures was analyzed using a multiple regression analysis, as well as Pearson’s R correlations. The multiple regression analysis yielded no significant evidence for the hypothesis. Many significant correlations occurred, mostly between the psychometric measures associated with the three theories used in the purposes of this study. While there was a lack of support for the hypothesis, the significant correlations between the psychometric measures used provides evidence that these three theories are valuable to study together in future research.


Thompson, Claudia




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Basic Psychological Needs Theory, Burnout, Conservation of Resources Theory, Academic Achievement

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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