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Math Anxiety Is Related to Some, but Not All, Experiences with Math

Krystle O'Leary ; Cheryll L. Fitzpatrick ; Darcy Hallett

Frontiers in Psychology, 01 December 2017, Vol.8 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Math Anxiety Is Related to Some, but Not All, Experiences with Math
  • Author/Creator: Krystle O'Leary ; Cheryll L. Fitzpatrick ; Darcy Hallett
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Math Anxiety ; Math Experiences ; Math Cognition ; Anxiety ; Educational Psychology ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Frontiers in Psychology, 01 December 2017, Vol.8
  • Description: Math anxiety has been defined as unpleasant feelings of tension and anxiety that hinder the ability to deal with numbers and math in a variety of situations. Although many studies have looked at situational and demographic factors associated with math anxiety, little research has looked at the self-reported experiences with math that are associated with math anxiety. The present study used a mixed-methods design and surveyed 131 undergraduate students about their experiences with math through elementary school, junior high, and high school, while also assessing math anxiety, general anxiety, and test anxiety. Some reported experiences (e.g., support in high school, giving students plenty of examples) were significantly related to the level of math anxiety, even after controlling for general and test anxiety, but many other factors originally thought to be related to math anxiety did not demonstrate a relation in this study. Overall, this study addresses a gap in the literature and provides some suggestive specifics of the kinds of past experiences that are related to math anxiety and those that are not.
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 1664-1078 ; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02067