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Test anxiety levels of board exam going students in Tamil Nadu, India.

Mary RA, Marslin G, Franklin G, Sheeba CJ - Biomed Res Int (2014)

Bottom Line: We found that all board exam going students had increased level of anxiety, which was particularly higher among boys and 12th standard board exam going students.Analysis of various demographic variables showed that students from nuclear families presented higher anxiety levels compared to their desired competitive group.Overall, our results showing the prevalence of state anxiety among board exam going students in Tamil Nadu, India, support the recent attempt taken by Tamil Nadu government to improve student's academic performance in a healthier manner by appointing psychologists in all government schools.

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Affiliation: Mohamed Sathak A.J. College of Nursing, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 001, India ; Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal ; ICVS/3B's, PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga, GuimarĂ£es, Portugal.

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The latest report by the National Crime Records Bureau has positioned Tamil Nadu as the Indian state with highest suicide rate. At least in part, this is happening due to exam pressure among adolescents, emphasizing the imperative need to understand the pattern of anxiety and various factors contributing to it among students. The present study was conducted to analyze the level of state anxiety among board exam attending school students in Tamil Nadu, India. A group of 100 students containing 50 boys and 50 girls from 10th and 12th grades participated in the study and their state anxiety before board exams was measured by Westside Test Anxiety Scale. We found that all board exam going students had increased level of anxiety, which was particularly higher among boys and 12th standard board exam going students. Analysis of various demographic variables showed that students from nuclear families presented higher anxiety levels compared to their desired competitive group. Overall, our results showing the prevalence of state anxiety among board exam going students in Tamil Nadu, India, support the recent attempt taken by Tamil Nadu government to improve student's academic performance in a healthier manner by appointing psychologists in all government schools.

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Mentions: Overall, our study showed higher anxiety levels for boys than girls, among whom 8% of boys had severe anxiety, 38% recorded moderate anxiety, and 4% had mild anxiety (Table 1). On the other hand, severe anxiety was not found among girls. The significance of difference between the mean value of male (M = 69.024; SD = 8.01) and female (M = 59.296; SD = 8.92) students was calculated by independent sample t-test (t(98) = 5.736) and the existing difference was found to be statistically significant (P = 0.000; Figure 1(a)). Levene's test showed that the variability among males and females is more or less the same (P value = 0.06). So we conclude that male students had significantly higher anxiety than female students. Effect size given as a value of r2 = 0.5 indicates a moderate practical significance (Table 2).


Test anxiety levels of board exam going students in Tamil Nadu, India.

Mary RA, Marslin G, Franklin G, Sheeba CJ - Biomed Res Int (2014)

(a) Gender, (b) standard, and (c) family type.
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fig1: (a) Gender, (b) standard, and (c) family type.
Mentions: Overall, our study showed higher anxiety levels for boys than girls, among whom 8% of boys had severe anxiety, 38% recorded moderate anxiety, and 4% had mild anxiety (Table 1). On the other hand, severe anxiety was not found among girls. The significance of difference between the mean value of male (M = 69.024; SD = 8.01) and female (M = 59.296; SD = 8.92) students was calculated by independent sample t-test (t(98) = 5.736) and the existing difference was found to be statistically significant (P = 0.000; Figure 1(a)). Levene's test showed that the variability among males and females is more or less the same (P value = 0.06). So we conclude that male students had significantly higher anxiety than female students. Effect size given as a value of r2 = 0.5 indicates a moderate practical significance (Table 2).

Bottom Line: We found that all board exam going students had increased level of anxiety, which was particularly higher among boys and 12th standard board exam going students.Analysis of various demographic variables showed that students from nuclear families presented higher anxiety levels compared to their desired competitive group.Overall, our results showing the prevalence of state anxiety among board exam going students in Tamil Nadu, India, support the recent attempt taken by Tamil Nadu government to improve student's academic performance in a healthier manner by appointing psychologists in all government schools.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Mohamed Sathak A.J. College of Nursing, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 001, India ; Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal ; ICVS/3B's, PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga, GuimarĂ£es, Portugal.

ABSTRACT
The latest report by the National Crime Records Bureau has positioned Tamil Nadu as the Indian state with highest suicide rate. At least in part, this is happening due to exam pressure among adolescents, emphasizing the imperative need to understand the pattern of anxiety and various factors contributing to it among students. The present study was conducted to analyze the level of state anxiety among board exam attending school students in Tamil Nadu, India. A group of 100 students containing 50 boys and 50 girls from 10th and 12th grades participated in the study and their state anxiety before board exams was measured by Westside Test Anxiety Scale. We found that all board exam going students had increased level of anxiety, which was particularly higher among boys and 12th standard board exam going students. Analysis of various demographic variables showed that students from nuclear families presented higher anxiety levels compared to their desired competitive group. Overall, our results showing the prevalence of state anxiety among board exam going students in Tamil Nadu, India, support the recent attempt taken by Tamil Nadu government to improve student's academic performance in a healthier manner by appointing psychologists in all government schools.

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