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Psicothema, 2008. Vol. Vol. 20 (nº 1). 174-180

Development and validation of the Statistical Anxiety Scale

Andreu Vigil-Colet, Urbano Lorenzo-Seva and Lorena Condon

Universidad Rovira i Virgili

Nowadays, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that personality variables can play an important role in the prediction of academic performance. However, many authors have mentioned that the differences in the prediction power of broad and narrow personality measures must be taken into account. We develop and validate a scale to assess the anxiety encountered when taking a statistics course. We designed the inventory as a set of 24 positive sentences that measure three subscales: Examination Anxiety, Asking for Help Anxiety and Interpretation Anxiety. In addition, as the three dimensions correlated with each other, they were considered related subscales from an overall scale, which measures statistical anxiety. Results show that these specific measures of anxiety about statistics have a significant relationship with academic performance in statistics whereas broader measures of anxiety or neuroticism do not.

Desarrollo y validación de la Escala de Ansiedad ante la Estadística. Actualmente hay una amplia evidencia empírica que sugiere que las variables de personalidad pueden jugar un papel importante en la predicción del rendimiento académico. Sin embargo, muchos autores apuntan a que se deben considerar las diferencias de potencia de predicción entre las medidas de personalidad generales y las específicas. Por nuestra parte, presentamos el desarrollo y validación de una escala para evaluar la ansiedad generada por una asignatura de estadística. El cuestionario consiste en 24 afirmaciones que miden tres escalas: Ansiedad por examen, Ansiedad por demanda de ayuda y la ansiedad por interpretación. Además, dado que las tres escalas están correlacionadas entre ellas, se consideran como tres subescalas de una escala general, que mide ansiedad estadística. Los resultados muestran que estas medidas específicas de ansiedad relacionada con la estadística tienen una relación significativa con el rendimiento académico, mientras que medidas generales de ansiedad o neuroticismo no muestran esta relación.


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