Exam anxiety and its relationship with demographic factors among new students in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences

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Fariborz Dortaj 1 , Seyyed Hamid Moosavy 2 , Parvin Rezaei 3 , *

1 Associate Professor Department of Psychology, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Associate Professor Department of Internal Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 Instructor Department of Education Development Center of Medical Sciences, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Dortaj F, Moosavy S H, Rezaei P. Exam anxiety and its relationship with demographic factors among new students in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Hormozgan Med J. 2013 ; 17(4):e88195.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 17 (4); e88195
Published Online: June 15, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 27, 2013
Accepted: June 15, 2013

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Abstract

Introduction: Exam anxiety as a common phenomenon is one of the problems of
educational systems that affect academic performance. This study was performed to
determine exam anxiety and its relationship with demographic factors among new students
in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this descriptive- analytical study, 310 new students of Hormozgan University of
Medical Sciences were selected by random sampling in 2013 academic year. Data were
collected via a two-component questionnaire including demographic information and Sarson
scale. Exam anxiety score range was 0-37 in the questionnaire. Data were analyzed by
statistical tests such as Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, Kruscall Wallis and Spearman correlation
by SPSS 15.
Results: The results showed that the mean score for exam anxiety was 13.65±6.06. Exam
anxiety for 47.8% of the students was low, for 40.3% of them was moderate and 11.9% of
the students suffer severely from exam anxiety. Results showed that level of exam anxiety
was significantly correlated with sex and age. But there was not a significant relationship
between level of exam anxiety score marital status, field of study, job, parents’ education.
Conclusion: Considering, level of test anxiety was high & moderate in this research, and it
has negative effects on academic performance, effectively planning and psychological
interventions is suggested.

Keywords

Anxiety – Medical Students - Test

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