The relation between social identity and test anxiety in university students

  • Social identification has been shown to be a protective resource for mental health. In this study, the relationships between social identification and emotional, as well as cognitive symptoms of test anxiety are investigated. Participants were university students diagnosed with test anxiety (N = 108). They completed questionnaires regarding a range of psychopathologic stress symptoms, and their social identification with fellow students and with their study program. Results reveal negative relations between social identification and almost all investigated emotional and cognitive symptoms of test anxiety. Based on this study, interventions could be developed that strengthen the social identity of university students.

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Author:Clara Zwettler, Neele Reiß, Sonja Rohrmann, Irene Warnecke, Ursula Luka-Krausgrill, Rolf van DickORCiDGND
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Parent Title (English):Health psychology open
Publisher:Sage Publishing
Place of publication:Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/07/05
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/08/16
Tag:coping; identification; mental health; social identity; test anxiety
Page Number:7
First Page:1
Last Page:7
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Institutes:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften / Psychologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
Open-Access-Publikationsfonds:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 4.0