The Effects of Meaning in Life on Academic Achievement
In an effort to improve academic achievement, we examined the effects of meaning in life (MIL) on grade performance. Prior research has found that MIL is associated with better adjustment to stressful life events. Fall semester freshmen in general psychology courses were asked to complete measures of MIL and academic adjustment. At the end of the semester, their grade point averages (GPA) were collected from the Registrars' office. The results revealed that higher meaning presence persons reported experiencing better academic adjustment to college. Higher adjustment was associated with increased final grades in the general psychology courses. No effects emerged in response to search for meaning. These findings suggest that the presence of MIL in early college life could have important implications for academic well-being and achievement.