ERIC Number: ED394106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Effect of a Semester of Experience on the Self-Reported Academic and Social-Transitional Anxieties of First-Year Community College Students.
Adams, Douglas L.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a significant difference existed in the pretest/posttest self-reported academic and social-transitional anxieties of first-year community college students (n=356) at the start and at the end of their first semester of college enrollment. The study was conducted in the absence of a formal orientation program. Measures of academic and social-transitional anxieties were recorded and analyzed for a sample of entering first-year students. Further analysis was conducted of the respondents self-reported anxieties in subgroups by race, by sex, and by race and sex. Increases in self-reported academic and social/transitional anxiety were recorded among all subjects and in all subgroups except for a decline in academic anxiety among white males. Significant increases in self-reported academic anxiety were recorded in the black participants subgroup and in the black males subgroup. Two significant increases in social/transitional anxiety were found in all subjects. Participants were classified as neither anxious nor assured. The results of this investigation affirm the consensus of the literature relative to collegiate adjustment. While the first-year community college students surveyed in this investigation demonstrated neither excess anxiety nor assurance, their academic and social/transitional concerns did increase over the course of their first semester of enrollment. The 10-item instrument developed for the study and 2 tables are included. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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