Ferrier, David E.
Black, Kristen J.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study investigated the relationships between self-regulation and stress, self-regulation and creativity, and perceived stress as a mediator for the relationship between self-regulation and creativity. Questionnaires were administered to undergraduate students to individually access each construct. Creativity was measured through divergent thinking and self-regulation was measured through the SRS and effortful control. Regression analyses were run to determine the relationships between the constructs. A negative association was found between effortful control and stress. Individual positive relationships were found between effortful control and all of the creative thinking styles except convergent-unpleasant. Lastly, the indirect effect of effortful control on the convergent-unpleasant thinking style as mediated by stress was significant. This is a notable finding when considering previous research on the topic is contradictory.
I would like to extend my immense gratitude to my Thesis Committee, Dr. Ferrier and Dr. Black, for their guidance throughout the research and writing process. I also want to give an additional thank you to Dr. Ferrier for all the time he dedicated to answering my questions. Finally, I would like to thank the Honors College and one of my best friends, Olivia DePhillips, for their continuous support along the way.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Motivation in education; Learning, Psychology of; Adult learning
Wright, Haven, "Relations between self-regulation, divergent thinking, and perceived stress in emerging adults" (2019). Honors Theses.