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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Math anxiety in Thai early adolescents: a cognitive-behavioral perspective

Tawatchai Wangsiriwech / Kullaya Pisitsungkagarn
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Published Online: 2017-08-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0068


With its high prevalence and debilitating impact on students, math anxiety is well studied within the educational context. However, the problem has yet to be examined from the psychological perspective, which is necessary in order to produce a more comprehensive perspective and to pave the way for therapeutic intervention. The current study, therefore, was conducted to identify cognitive and behavioral factors relevant to the occurrence and maintenance of math anxiety. Data were collected from 300 grade 9 students (150 females and 150 males) from public and private schools in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants responded to the measures of math anxiety, negative math beliefs, negative math appraisals and math avoidance. Structural equation modeling was conducted. Model fit indices obtained consistently suggested the good fitness of the model to the data [e.g. χ2/df = 0.42, root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) = 0.00]. Negative math beliefs, negative math appraisals and math avoidance had a significant direct effect on math anxiety. Additionally, the indirect effect of negative math appraisal was observed between negative math beliefs and math anxiety. In summary, the proposed model accounted for 84.5% of the variance in the anxiety. The findings are discussed with particular focus on implications for therapeutic intervention for math anxiety.

Keywords: early adolescents; math anxiety; SEM; Thai


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Received: 2017-05-12

Accepted: 2017-07-04

Published Online: 2017-08-29

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170068, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0068.

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