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ERIC Number: EJ975699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Anxiety and Depression in Academic Performance: An Exploration of the Mediating Factors of Worry and Working Memory
Owens, Matthew; Stevenson, Jim; Hadwin, Julie A.; Norgate, Roger
School Psychology International, v33 n4 p433-449 Aug 2012
Anxiety and depression are linked to lower academic performance. It is proposed that academic performance is reduced in young people with high levels of anxiety or depression as a function of increased test-specific worry that impinges on working memory central executive processes. Participants were typically developing children (12 to 13-years-old) from two UK schools. The study investigated the relationship between negative affect, worry, working memory, and academic performance using self-report questionnaires, school administered academic test data, and a battery of computerized working memory tasks. Higher levels of anxiety and depression were associated with lower academic performance. There was support for a mediation hypothesis, where worry and central executive processes mediated the link between negative affect and academic performance. Further studies should test these hypotheses in larger longitudinal samples. Implications for school psychology practice and interventions in schools are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom