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ERIC Number: EJ971830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Reciprocal Relationships between Math Self-Concept and Math Anxiety
Ahmed, Wondimu; Minnaert, Alexander; Kuyper, Hans; van der Werf, Greetje
Learning and Individual Differences, v22 n3 p385-389 Jun 2012
The present study examined the reciprocal relationships between self-concept and anxiety in mathematics. A sample of 495 grade 7 students (51% girls) completed self-report measures assessing self-concept and anxiety three times in a school year. Structural equation modeling was used to test a cross-lagged panel model of reciprocal effects between math self-concept and math anxiety. The analysis showed a reciprocal relationship between self-concept and anxiety in math (i.e., higher self-concept leads to lower anxiety, which in turn, leads to higher self-concept). However, the magnitude of the path from anxiety to self-concept is almost half of that from self-concept to anxiety. Overall, the results provide empirical support for the theoretical notion that math self-concept and math anxiety are reciprocally related. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7
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Language: English
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