The relations of academic procrastination with perceived social loafing and conscientiousness among undergraduate study-group partners were examined. Using 70 dyads (140 students: 87 women, 53 men), we found that when conscientiousness scores were controlled statistically from self-report data, partial correlates indicated that academic procrastination was not significantly related to perceived social loafing. Results suggested that conscientiousness may be an underlying source trait for both procrastination and social loafing. This is of interest in terms of personality theory as well as the psychological processes that these measures may reflect, particularly how duty and self-discipline may affect the intention-action gap that undermines everyday voluntary action.

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Journal North American Journal of Psychology
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Ferrari, J.R. (Joseph R.), & Pychyl, T.A. (2012). "If i wait, my partner will do it:" The role of conscientiousness as a mediator in the relation of academic procrastination and perceived social loafing. North American Journal of Psychology, 14(1), 13–24.