Appraisals of previous maths experiences play an important role in maths anxiety

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Hunt, T. E and Maloney, E. A 2022. Appraisals of previous maths experiences play an important role in maths anxiety. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14805
AuthorsHunt, T. E and Maloney, E. A
Abstract

Maths anxiety affects many people, from young children through to older adults. Whilst there has been debate concerning the developmental trajectory of maths anxiety and negative maths attitudes, little attention has been given to the role of appraisals of previous maths experiences. We surveyed 308 adults (mean age = 27.56 years, SD = 11.25) and assessed self-reported measures of maths anxiety, mathematical resilience, maths attitudes, and appraisal of previous maths experiences. As hypothesised, all variables were found to be interrelated. Maths anxiety was significantly negatively related to appraisal of previous maths experiences, mathematical resilience and maths attitudes. Moreover, appraisal of previous maths experiences was shown to mediate the relations between i) maths anxiety and maths attitudes, and ii) mathematical resilience and maths attitudes. The findings demonstrate the importance of considering current appraisals of previous maths experiences and are consistent with an interpretation account of maths anxiety. This may help inform cognitive based interventions that focus on one’s interpretation of past events to support current and future maths learning and engagement.

Keywordsmaths anxiety; maths attitudes; mathematical resilience; appraisal; interpretation account
Year2022
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Journal citationpp. 1-12
PublisherWiley
ISSN1749-6632
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14805
Web address (URL)https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.14805
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