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Math Anxiety Assessment with the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale: Applicability and Usefulness: Insights from the Polish Adaptation.

Cipora K, Szczygieł M, Willmes K, Nuerk HC - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: The results also show very good construct, convergent and discriminant validity: The factorial structure in Polish adult participants (n = 857) was very similar to the one previously found in other samples; AMAS scores correlated moderately in expected directions with state and trait anxiety, self-assessed math achievement and skill as well temperamental traits of emotional reactivity, briskness, endurance, and perseverance.Average scores obtained by participants as well as gender differences and correlations with external measures were also similar across cultures.Beyond the cultural comparison, we used path model analyses to show that math anxiety relates to math grades and self-competence when controlling for trait anxiety.

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Affiliation: Department of Philosophy, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland ; Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Kraków, Poland.

ABSTRACT
Math anxiety has an important impact on mathematical development and performance. However, although math anxiety is supposed to be a transcultural trait, assessment instruments are scarce and are validated mainly for Western cultures so far. Therefore, we aimed at examining the transcultural generality of math anxiety by a thorough investigation of the validity of math anxiety assessment in Eastern Europe. We investigated the validity and reliability of a Polish adaptation of the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS), known to have very good psychometric characteristics in its original, American-English version as well as in its Italian and Iranian adaptations. We also observed high reliability, both for internal consistency and test-retest stability of the AMAS in the Polish sample. The results also show very good construct, convergent and discriminant validity: The factorial structure in Polish adult participants (n = 857) was very similar to the one previously found in other samples; AMAS scores correlated moderately in expected directions with state and trait anxiety, self-assessed math achievement and skill as well temperamental traits of emotional reactivity, briskness, endurance, and perseverance. Average scores obtained by participants as well as gender differences and correlations with external measures were also similar across cultures. Beyond the cultural comparison, we used path model analyses to show that math anxiety relates to math grades and self-competence when controlling for trait anxiety. The current study shows transcultural validity of math anxiety assessment with the AMAS.

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Confirmatory Factor Analysis for the AMAS. Indices of model fit are provided and discussed in the main text. The results of the confirmatory factor analysis show that the internal structure of the Polish adaptation of the AMAS is similar to the structure found in the US-American sample. Standardized coefficients are provided for the structural equation model. Variables labeled with e1, e2 etc…denote the respective error terms.
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Figure 2: Confirmatory Factor Analysis for the AMAS. Indices of model fit are provided and discussed in the main text. The results of the confirmatory factor analysis show that the internal structure of the Polish adaptation of the AMAS is similar to the structure found in the US-American sample. Standardized coefficients are provided for the structural equation model. Variables labeled with e1, e2 etc…denote the respective error terms.

Mentions: The model, together with standardized path coefficients, is presented in Figure 2. All parameter estimates were found to be significantly different from zero.


Math Anxiety Assessment with the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale: Applicability and Usefulness: Insights from the Polish Adaptation.

Cipora K, Szczygieł M, Willmes K, Nuerk HC - Front Psychol (2015)

Confirmatory Factor Analysis for the AMAS. Indices of model fit are provided and discussed in the main text. The results of the confirmatory factor analysis show that the internal structure of the Polish adaptation of the AMAS is similar to the structure found in the US-American sample. Standardized coefficients are provided for the structural equation model. Variables labeled with e1, e2 etc…denote the respective error terms.
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Figure 2: Confirmatory Factor Analysis for the AMAS. Indices of model fit are provided and discussed in the main text. The results of the confirmatory factor analysis show that the internal structure of the Polish adaptation of the AMAS is similar to the structure found in the US-American sample. Standardized coefficients are provided for the structural equation model. Variables labeled with e1, e2 etc…denote the respective error terms.
Mentions: The model, together with standardized path coefficients, is presented in Figure 2. All parameter estimates were found to be significantly different from zero.

Bottom Line: The results also show very good construct, convergent and discriminant validity: The factorial structure in Polish adult participants (n = 857) was very similar to the one previously found in other samples; AMAS scores correlated moderately in expected directions with state and trait anxiety, self-assessed math achievement and skill as well temperamental traits of emotional reactivity, briskness, endurance, and perseverance.Average scores obtained by participants as well as gender differences and correlations with external measures were also similar across cultures.Beyond the cultural comparison, we used path model analyses to show that math anxiety relates to math grades and self-competence when controlling for trait anxiety.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Philosophy, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland ; Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Kraków, Poland.

ABSTRACT
Math anxiety has an important impact on mathematical development and performance. However, although math anxiety is supposed to be a transcultural trait, assessment instruments are scarce and are validated mainly for Western cultures so far. Therefore, we aimed at examining the transcultural generality of math anxiety by a thorough investigation of the validity of math anxiety assessment in Eastern Europe. We investigated the validity and reliability of a Polish adaptation of the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS), known to have very good psychometric characteristics in its original, American-English version as well as in its Italian and Iranian adaptations. We also observed high reliability, both for internal consistency and test-retest stability of the AMAS in the Polish sample. The results also show very good construct, convergent and discriminant validity: The factorial structure in Polish adult participants (n = 857) was very similar to the one previously found in other samples; AMAS scores correlated moderately in expected directions with state and trait anxiety, self-assessed math achievement and skill as well temperamental traits of emotional reactivity, briskness, endurance, and perseverance. Average scores obtained by participants as well as gender differences and correlations with external measures were also similar across cultures. Beyond the cultural comparison, we used path model analyses to show that math anxiety relates to math grades and self-competence when controlling for trait anxiety. The current study shows transcultural validity of math anxiety assessment with the AMAS.

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