Mathematics and statistics performance and anxiety: an online cognitive behavioural intervention

Howe, Elizabeth, Graham, Deborah, and Swinbourne, Anne (2012) Mathematics and statistics performance and anxiety: an online cognitive behavioural intervention. In: International Journal of Psychology (47 ICP 2012 Supplement) p. 301. From: XXX International Congress of Psychology, 22-27 July 2012, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Prior research shows a complex relationship between mathematics and statistics anxiety, self-efficacy and performance. The interaction of these factors is thought to be counterproductive to mathematics and statistics learning. Methodological problems and conflicting results are evident in intervention research, the majority of which have focused on performance deficits within the classroom. While performance is an important factor, anxiety is a greater determinant of future enrolment and avoidance of maths and stats in university and the workforce. Anxiety also has a negative effect on memory which can further compromise performance. Therefore, Cognitive Behavioural therapies are recommended to combat anxiety. Attrition, time and cost are common deterrents to this approach however. Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (OCBT) can address these issues and has been effective in combating a number of anxiety related disorders. The current research developed an OCBT program using short multimedia clips to combat mathematics and statistics anxiety and improve approach behaviours in Psychology students. Initial usability data provided positive feedback about the content, accessibility, and ease of use for this program from participants of different ages and educational backgrounds. Data is currently being collected in a randomised controlled trial of the OCBT program. An improvement in anxiety and reduction of avoidance behaviour for OCBT participants compared to controls is predicted. Preliminary findings will be presented. The program provides a flexible tool for targeting anxiety while reducing time constraints for staff and students.

Item ID: 23559
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-1-84872-774-8
ISSN: 0020-7594
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 05:43
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