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The effect of test anxiety on IQ test performance, achievement and self-concept in elementary school children

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dc.contributor.author Baddeley GM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:04Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:04Z
dc.date.created 1983 en
dc.date.submitted 1984 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53147
dc.description.abstract Investigates the IQ test performance of elementary schoolchildren as a function of two levels of test anxiety and two types of IQ measure. The New South African Group Test (NSAGT) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Revised (WISC-R) were assumed to vary in anxiety-provoking cues on cognitive-attentional theoretical grounds. Academic achievement and self-concept of the children were investigated, with the hypothesis that high-test-anxious children would be lower in both than low-test-anxious children of equivalent intelligence. The Test Anxiety Scale for Children, Defensiveness Scale for Children and Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale were administered to Standard 4 pupils at two white, English, co-educational schools in middle-class suburbs. HA children obtained significantly lower IQ scores independent of type of IQ measure. These results are interpreted as supporting a cognitive-attentional theory of test anxiety. The equally impaired performance on both IQ measures indicates that HA children are not easily deceived by manipulations of the evaluative-stress dimension, probably as a result of the development of extreme sensitivity to social-evaluative cues at school. Subsidiary studies indicate that HA children achieved less well and had poorer self-concepts than LA children. It is suggested that the IQ results of HA children would be better interpreted together with a measure of test anxiety. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Personality psychology en
dc.title The effect of test anxiety on IQ test performance, achievement and self-concept in elementary school children en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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