Defense styles, approaches to learning and the mediating role of academic procrastination


  • Patra Vlachopanou University of Neapolis Pafos, Cyprus.
  • Evangelia Karagiannopoulou University of Ioannina, Greece.


The present study belongs to the research that concerns the investigation of the relationship among academic procrastination, defense styles and approaches to learning. Specifically, it aims to explore the mediating role of academic procrastination in the relationship between defense styles and approaches to learning. The sample comprises 628 Greek university undergraduates (78% women and 22% men) who attend a four-year degree program. The questionnaires Defense Style Questionnaire-88, Procrastination Assessment Scale Questionnaire, Flourishing Scale, and How ULearn are used in the study. Results reveal the mediating role of academic procrastination in the relationship between maladaptive and adaptive defense style and approaches to learning. Academic procrastination seems to have a self-handicapping/defensive role between defense styles and learning. Findings are discussed in the context of recent literature.


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Vlachopanou, P., & Karagiannopoulou, E. . (2022). Defense styles, approaches to learning and the mediating role of academic procrastination. Scientific Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, 10(2), 990-1000. Retrieved from