The Role of Automatic Thoughts and Tests Anxiety in Adolescents' School Success and Satisfaction

Miloseva, Lence (2011) The Role of Automatic Thoughts and Tests Anxiety in Adolescents' School Success and Satisfaction. In: The VI International Balkan Congress for Education and Science: The modern society and education.

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Based on cognitive-behavioral model, this research aimed to explore possible develop-mental differences in the role that automatic thoughts and test anxiety have in explaining school success and satisfaction in adolescents; and to examine possible differences in prominence of the examined variables in relation to sex.
The data were obtained in one primary and one secondary school in Stip, at the end of the second term of the 2010/2011 school year. The sample consisted of 110 students, aged 13-14 years, from the 7th and 8th grade of primary school, and 120 students, aged 15-16 years, from 1st and 2nd year of secondary school, of which 148 were female, and 82 male. We have used the scale for the assessment of automatic thoughts during learning and test taking for adolescents (Ţivţiš-Bešireviš,2003).Besides automatic thoughts during learning, we assessed their test anxiety (Spielberg, Test Anxiety Inventory for students) and their satisfaction (Likert‘s type scale). All three types of negative thoughts were significant predictors of school success, while positive thoughts and negative thoughts related to fear of failure and fear of disappointing parents were significant predictors of student satisfaction. Girls have more negative thoughts related to fear of failure than boys do, which is also reflected on their higher test anxiety and they are in the same time less satisfied with their school achievements than boys. While there is no difference in the frequency of positive thoughts, older students have more negative thoughts than younger ones, as well as higher test anxiety. It is also notices that negative automatic thoughts related to fear of disappointing parents have significant effect on the success and satisfaction only in older group of students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Lence Miloseva
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2012 09:15
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 07:45

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