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ERIC Number: EJ932311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
Gender Differences in Children's Experience of Musical Performance Anxiety
Ryan, Charlene
Psychology of Music, v32 n1 p89-103 Jan 2004
The purpose of this study was to examine musical performance anxiety in children, with a focus on potential gender differences. Twenty-six sixth-grade students performing in a piano recital were monitored continuously on measures of heart rate and behaviour. Participants were interviewed in the months prior to the recital and they completed the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children immediately after performing. It was found that girls' heart rates rose through each recital stage (before playing and during playing). Boys' heart rates rose minimally prior to performing but exceeded the girls' while performing. Significantly more anxious behaviours were displayed by boys both prior to and while performing. Three sets of correlation and regression analyses (all children, girls-only, boys-only) were run on all anxiety measures. Several significant relationships in the "all children" group seemed to be driven by a strong relationship in a single gender that was not apparent in the other gender. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory