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Edwin Chin

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Emotional Determinants of Test Anxiety and Academic Performance

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End of year exams can cause high levels of stress and anxiety for some secondary school students. Mr Chin examined the relationship between test anxiety and general emotional well-being, as well as the impact these factors have on exam performance. He found that the tendency to experience negative emotions contributed to higher levels of persistent worry about the personal and social consequences of failing exams. Such worries, in turn, impaired exam performance. These findings suggest that interventions that specifically reduce test anxiety, rather than general negative emotions, are likely to yield greater improvements in exam performance. Mr Chin’s study highlighted the impact students’ emotional well-being had on their educational outcomes.

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