An examination of psychological characteristics and their relationship to academic entitlement among millennial and nonmillennial college students

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Abstract

Academic entitlement (AE) has been a concern among college educators due to millennial college students entering the educational setting. Although there is theoretical justification to support such conjecture, it remains unclear whether AE is more prevalent among this generation. The present study examines the relationship between narcissism, self-esteem, gratitude, and AE between millennial and nonmillennial college students. Among millennial college students, narcissism, self-esteem, and gratitude were found to be significant predictors of AE; however, among nonmillennial college students, only self-esteem was found to be a significant predictor. Findings were consistent with the literature in that they demonstrate that millennial college students may be more prone to narcissism than previous generations. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-582
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology in the Schools
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • academic entitlement
  • college students
  • gratitude
  • millennials
  • narcissism
  • self-esteem

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