ERIC Number: ED218553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Reduction of Mathematics Anxiety: A Cognitive Behavior Modification Approach.
De Bronac-Meade, Marie Louise; Brown, Ric
Many studies have cited the debilitating effect of math-related anxiety on achievement and vocational choice. To investigate the efficacy of cognitive behavior modification in the treatment of mathematics anxiety, 44 subjects were recruited from a high school and 2 colleges. The students were divided into two groups, a cognitive behavior modification treatment group and a waiting control group. As expected, the treatment group showed a significant decrease in mathematics anxiety. Their monitoring of negative self-statements and relaxation apparently was successful, although adolescent boys had difficulty relating to the relaxation and imagery process. The results also suggested a profile of the typical math-anxious person, i.e., a female with less parental encouragement to study mathematics and a less-educated mother. The findings indicate that programs designed to deal with the problem of mathematics anxiety, however, need to be addressed to both sexes. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).