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Norms and validation of the online and paper-and-pencil versions of the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS) for Polish adolescents and adults

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posted on 29.04.2020 by Krzysztof Cipora, Klaus Willmes, Adrianna Szwarc, Hans-Christoph Nuerk

The Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS) is one of the most popular instruments measuring math anxiety (MA). It has been validated across several linguistic and cultural contexts. In this study, we investigated the extent of administration method invariance of the AMAS by comparing results (average scores, reliabilities, factorial structure) obtained online with those from paper-and-pencil. We administered the online version of the AMAS to Polish students. Results indicate that psychometric properties of the AMAS do not differ between online and paper-and-pencil administration. Additionally, average scores of the AMAS did not differ considerably between administration forms, contrary to previous results showing that computerized measurement of MA leads to higher scores. Therefore, our results provide evidence for the usefulness of the AMAS as a reliable and valid MA measurement tool for online research and online screening purposes across cultures and also large similarity between administration forms outside an American-English linguistic and cultural context. Finally, we provide percentile and standard norms for the AMAS for adolescents and adults (in the latter case for both online and paper-and-pencil administration) as well as critical differences for the comparison of both subscales in an individual participant for practical diagnostic purposes.

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation; DFG NU 265/3-1) on “Linguistic Influences on Numerical Cognition: A cross-cultural investigation using natural specificities of Polish and German languages.”

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Journal of Numerical Cognition

Volume

3

Issue

3

Pages

667 - 693

Publisher

PsychOpen by Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Acceptance date

17/08/2017

Publication date

2018-01-30

eISSN

2363-8761

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Krzysztof Cipora. Deposit date: 28 April 2020

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