A Mediating Effect of Positive Psychological Capital on the Relationship between Academic Grit and Academic Burnout Perceived by High School Students

고등학생이 인식하는 학업적 그릿과 학업소진 관계에서 긍정심리자본의 매개효과

  • Kim, Kyu-Tae (Department of Education, Keimyung University)
  • Received : 2019.04.22
  • Accepted : 2019.06.20
  • Published : 2019.06.28


This study explored the mediating effects of positive psychological capital on the relationship between academic grit and academic burnout perceived by high school students. This study was conducted through questionnaires of 573 second graders of high school in Daegu and analyzed by descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, structural equation modelling. The results of this study were as follows. First, academic grit had a negative effect on academic burnout. Second, positive psychological capital mediated the relationship between academic grit and academic burnout. This result implies that it is necessary to provide positive psychological capital to enhance or maintain academical grit in the context of academic burnout. In the subsequent study, it is needed to explore the mediating effects of positive psychological capital on sub-variables, the moderating effect of positive psychological capital profiles, the analysis of variance according to individual backgrounds such as gender and grade for academic grit and academic burnout, and the mediating or moderating effects of positive psychological capital on independent variables such as perfectionism, ego-resilience, and self-efficacy.

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Fig. 1. Research Model

Table 1. Descriptive statistics and Correlations

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Table 2. Coefficient of the measurement model

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Table 3. Discriminant validity

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Table 4. Coefficient of the research model

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Table 5. Bootstrapping analysis for the mediating effect test

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