Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Volume 8, Issue 1, 2016

Article 2
Self-Esteem and Procrastination in University Students in Barbados

Jalisha Browne
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus


There is a void in local and regional psychological research on procrastination among students. The current correlational study investigated the relationship between self-esteem and procrastination among students at a Caribbean university. It also examined demographic factors and their relationship to self-esteem and procrastination. A convenience sample of 364 registered students (95 males and 269 females; 334 undergraduates and 30 postgraduates) participated in the study. Data were collected via questionnaire using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the General Procrastination Scale, and analyzed using Predictive Analytic SoftWare (PASW). The results indicated a moderate negative relationship between self-esteem and procrastination. The current study provided insight into two challenges, self-esteem and procrastination, which confront university students and which have the potential to affect their academic success. Limitations of the study and areas for future research are also discussed.