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Math anxiety assessment with the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale: Applicability and usefulness: Insights from the polish adaptation

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posted on 23.04.2020 by Krzysztof Cipora, M Szczygiel, Klaus Willmes, Hans-Christoph Nuerk
© 2015 Cipora, Szczygiel, Willmes and Nuerk. Math anxiety has an important impact on mathematical development and performance. However, although math anxiety is supposed to be a transcultural trait, assessment instruments are scarce and are validated mainly for Western cultures so far. Therefore, we aimed at examining the transcultural generality of math anxiety by a thorough investigation of the validity of math anxiety assessment in Eastern Europe. We investigated the validity and reliability of a Polish adaptation of the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS), known to have very good psychometric characteristics in its original, American-English version as well as in its Italian and Iranian adaptations. We also observed high reliability, both for internal consistency and test-retest stability of the AMAS in the Polish sample. The results also show very good construct, convergent and discriminant validity: The factorial structure in Polish adult participants (n = 857) was very similar to the one previously found in other samples; AMAS scores correlated moderately in expected directions with state and trait anxiety, self-assessed math achievement and skill as well temperamental traits of emotional reactivity, briskness, endurance, and perseverance. Average scores obtained by participants as well as gender differences and correlations with external measures were also similar across cultures. Beyond the cultural comparison, we used path model analyses to show that math anxiety relates to math grades and self-competence when controlling for trait anxiety. The current study shows transcultural validity of math anxiety assessment with the AMAS.

Funding

LEAD Graduate School and by the ScienceCampus Tuebingen (TP.8.4).

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematical Sciences

Published in

Frontiers in Psychology

Volume

6

Pages

1833

Publisher

FRONTIERS MEDIA SA

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Frontiers Media under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

12/11/2015

Publication date

2015-11-30

Copyright date

2015

ISSN

1664-1078

eISSN

1664-1078

Language

en

Location

Switzerland

Depositor

Dr Krzysztof Cipora (email: K.Cipora@lboro.ac.uk | regno: 5036264). Deposit date: 21 April 2020

Article number

1833

Licence

Exports