ERIC Number: ED093992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
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The Effect of Varying the Response Format on the Statistical Characteristics of the Alpert-Haber Achievement Anxiety Test.
Jacko, Edward J.; Huck, Schuyler W.
The Alpert-Haber Achievement Anxiety Test was developed to measure the extent to which individuals experience test anxiety. In at least two published studies, the authors claim to have used the test when in fact the response format was changed from that used in the original instrument and the "buffer" items were omitted. To investigate the possibility that these seemingly minor alterations might change the statistical characteristics of the Achievement Anxiety Test, 104 Ss were randomly assigned to each of the three versions of the Achievement Anxiety Test--the original and the two "revisions." An analysis of covariance revealed significant differences between the three forms on all three possible scales: Facilitative, Debilitative, and Facilitative-minus-Debilitative. The three versions of the Achievement Anxiety Test also differed in terms of intro-form correlation between the Facilitative and Debilitative scales and internal consistency reliability estimates. Also of interest is the finding that, within each of the three forms, the negative correlation between Facilitative and Debilitative scales caused the Facilitative-minus-Debilitative scale to yield a higher reliability coefficient than either the Facilitative scale or the Debilitative scale. (Author)
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