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ERIC Number: EJ706051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-22
Reference Count: 50
Test Anxiety and Its Effect on the Personality of Students with Learning Disabilities
Lufi, Dubi; Okasha, Susan; Cohen, Arie
Learning Disability Quarterly, v27 n3 p176 Sum 2004
The purpose of this study was to look for personality variables that characterized young adults with learning disabilities and test anxiety. Fifty-four Israeli adults diagnosed with learning disabilities participated in the study, 24 of them were diagnosed as having test anxiety; 30 did not have test anxiety. The participants completed the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) to validate the diagnosis of test anxiety and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) to assess the different personality profiles. The results showed significant differences between the two groups on 35 out of 68 measures of the MMPI-2. A discriminant-function analysis of the content scales, the supplementary scales, and the Harris-Lingoes scales of the MMPI-2 showed that one measure, College Maladjustment, explained most of the variance. Further analysis assessed the various test anxiety profiles of the two types of test anxiety, "emotionality" and "worry." The meaning of the results is discussed as a basis for explaining the profile of a student with learning disabilities and test anxiety.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Test Anxiety, Learning Disabilities, Measures (Individuals), Predictor Variables, College Students, College Bound Students
The Council for Learning Disabilities, P.O. Box 4014, Leesburg, VA 20177. Web site: http://www.cldinternational.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory