ERIC Number: EJ1083959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
Statistics Anxiety and Worry: The Roles of Worry Beliefs, Negative Problem Orientation, and Cognitive Avoidance
Williams, Amanda S.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v14 n2 p53-75 Nov 2015
Statistics anxiety is a common problem for graduate students. This study explores the multivariate relationship between a set of worry-related variables and six types of statistics anxiety. Canonical correlation analysis indicates a significant relationship between the two sets of variables. Findings suggest that students who are more intolerant of uncertainty, believe that worry is beneficial, possess a negative approach to problems, and utilize cognitive avoidance as a coping strategy are more likely to have higher levels of the six types of statistics anxiety. These results highlight the complexity of graduate students' statistics anxiety. Suggestions for intervention are discussed.
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Anxiety, Beliefs, Cognitive Processes, Graduate Students, College Mathematics, Psychological Patterns, Correlation, Student Attitudes, Coping, Rating Scales, Likert Scales, Self Concept, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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