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ERIC Number: EJ848639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Test Anxiety and Psychopathology in Fifth-Grade Students in Turkey
Kaya, Alim
International Journal of Educational Reform, v13 n1 p19-26 Win 2004
Thirty-four to 41% of third through sixth-grade children suffer from test anxiety. In surveying large samples, assessments of the school subjects and exams were found to be major stressors for the children. In its most extreme form, test anxiety can even be a contributing factor to school refusal. Empirical studies show that test anxiety is a major debilitating factor on all academic levels, from elementary to higher education. Therefore, test anxiety is one of the important issues arousing interest in educators, counselors, psychologists, and researchers. There is a lot of evidence concerning negative effects of test anxiety on not only academic achievement but mental health as well. In this study, the relationship between test anxiety levels of fifth-grade Turkish students in elementary school and variables like academic achievement, depression, locus of control, self-esteem, self-concept, and trait anxiety were examined and students with high and low test anxiety were compared in terms of these variables. At the end of the research, it was found that the relationship between test anxiety and academic achievement was -0.15 (p less than 0.001), and locus of control 0.17 (p less than 0.001), and depression 0.25 (p less than 0.001), self-concept -0.40 (p less than 0.001), self-esteem -0.36 (p less than 0.001), and trait anxiety -0.39 (p less than 0.001). That relationship (r = -0.15) between test anxiety and academic success was low but significant and consistent with the findings in the literature. Negative effects of test anxiety on academic achievement are also supported by the result of the research. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test Anxiety Inventory