Revision of the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire (SACQ) for use with Italian Students

Francesca Liga, Sonia Ingoglia, Maria Grazia Lo Cricchio, Alida Lo Coco


Background: This multistudy report was aimed at examining the psychometric properties in the Italian context of the Student Adaptation College Questionnaire (SACQ) that represents the most important self-report measure for assessing how students adjust to university.
Methods: Three studies were conducted in order to revise and improve the instrument for being more efficient in measuring adjustment to university.
Results: The final result was the SACQ-SF consisting in 12 item assessing three dimensions: a) student’s perception of one’s study skills (Studying); b) student’s sense of satisfaction with courses and programs (Satisfaction with curriculum); c) student’s evaluation of the degree to which he has social skills and is making new friends (Social adjustment).
Conclusions: Convergent and construct validity may be considered also adequate. In sum, the SACQ-SF can be considered a promising valuable and efficient instrument in measuring adjustment to university in the Italian context, and probably in the European one too. Further, as a brief instrument, it can be easily administered and used as a quick screening tool.

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