Measuring dimensions of social climate among south african higher education students

Chris Myburgh, Marie Poggenpoel, Marie Hastings-Tolsma

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We investigated the structure of social climate among university students to characterise the relative importance of personal and interpersonal factors. Participants were 266 students from a school of education of a large South African university (females = 66 .5%; black = 53 .0%, white = 25 .9%; coloured = 7 .5%, Asian/Indian = 6 .0%; mean age = 28 .71 years, SD = 10 .51 years) . The students completed the Experience of Social Climate Questionnaire (ESCQ) . Exploratory principal component factor analysis of the data yielded a three component structure of social climate comprising of (i) Constructive interpersonal relationships, (ii) Unloving towards self, and (iii) Aggression perceptions of self . Relationships and aggression appear to define social climate in a higher education student population .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-514,
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Aggression
  • Higher education
  • Intra-and interpersonal relationships
  • Social climate research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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