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    Test anxiety, susceptibility to distraction and examination performance

    Keogh, E. and Bond, F.W. and French, C.C. and Richards, Anne and Davis, R. (2004) Test anxiety, susceptibility to distraction and examination performance. Anxiety, Stress & Coping 17 (3), pp. 241-252. ISSN 1061-5806.

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    Examination stress is thought to prevent some individuals from reaching their academic potential. Explanations of this relationship include a proneness to ruminate and worry about examinations, as well as a tendency to be more susceptible to distraction. We therefore examined the relative roles that worry and distraction, assessed three months prior to examinations, have in predicting the academic grades of undergraduate students. Test–anxious worry was related to susceptibility to distraction, but not exactly as predicted. However, both worry and a proneness to be distracted by non-threatening, examination-irrelevant material were found to predict academic performance. These results are discussed in light of theories of test anxiety, as well as the potential for further research and interventions to manage examination stress.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 16:07
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:57


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