ERIC Number: ED219691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
The Relative Efficacy of Negative Practice and Anxiety Management Training in the Treatment of Mathematics Anxiety.
Streim, Leonard; O'Brien, Richard M.
Mathematics anxiety involves feelings of tension and stress that interfere with the solving of mathematical problems in academic and daily life situations. To investigate the relative effectiveness of group negative practice and group anxiety management training in reducing mathematics anxiety, 72 math-anxious high school students were divided into one of the two training groups, the placebo treatment group, or the no-treatment group. Results indicated that both treatment groups exhibited significantly less anxiety than the no-treatment control group. The placebo procedure produced treatment effects that were not significantly different from the recognized treatments. There was no significant difference between the treatment and control groups in grades in mathematics. The findings support the hypothesis that the treatments reduce math anxiety and improve performance in math. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981).