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Examining the role of post-event processing in test anxiety—Pilot testing in three student samples

  • This work investigates the occurrence of post-event processing (PEP) in the context of test anxiety; PEP involves rumination and self-critical thinking following an event and commonly observed in social anxiety. Three short-term longitudinal studies in student samples examined whether PEP occurs after exams and how it is associated with test anxiety. University students (N =35 in Study 1, N =146 in Study 2, and N =37 in Study 3) completed measures of trait and state test anxiety before an actual exam; PEP related to the exam was assessed at various time points afterward. Results revealed that PEP occurred to a meaningful extent after exam situations. Overall, it was positively associated with trait and state test anxiety, although some variations in the relations were found across the three studies. These findings underscore the relevance of PEP in the context of test anxiety, as PEP might contribute to maintaining test anxiety in the long term. Implications for future studies are discussed.

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Author:Sarah Möcklinghoff, Olga Rapoport, Eva Neidhardt
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Educational Research Open
Document Type:Article
Date of completion:2024/07/05
Date of publication:2024/07/10
Publishing institution:Universität Koblenz, Universitätsbibliothek
Release Date:2024/07/10
First page:1
Last page:11
Institutes:Fachbereich 1 / Institut für Psychologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
BKL-Classification:77 Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG