ERIC Number: ED436703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
A Comparison of Mathematics Anxiety and Statistics Anxiety in Relation to General Anxiety.
Over the years, researchers in the field of psychology have been interested in the factors associated with anxiety. As a result of this interest, several theories have attempted to explain the construct and interventions developed to treat it. Even though there is no agreement on the nature of anxiety, there is a wide agreement that general anxiety can be classified as having two distinct components: trait anxiety and state anxiety. While trait anxiety refers to relatively stable individual differences in anxiety proneness, state anxiety is a transitory emotional condition. Among different state anxieties, mathematics anxiety is distinguished from general anxiety as situation-specific. It manifests itself in mathematically related environments. Considerable research has been conducted to explain mathematics anxiety as the importance of mathematics applications have grown in our society. More recently, it was suggested that statistics anxiety is a related but separate construct from general anxiety and mathematics anxiety; however, there is a lack of empirical literature distinguishing between these two types. In this paper, mathematics anxiety and statistics anxiety are discussed in relation to general anxiety research. Differences and similarities between the two anxieties are the main focus, and comparisons are made in terms of five main points: definitions, nature, antecedents, effects, and treatments of these anxieties. (Contains 126 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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