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Fear of Failure, Disorganization, and Subjective Well-Being in the Context of Preparing for an Exam


Berger, Stéphanie; Freund, Alexandra M (2012). Fear of Failure, Disorganization, and Subjective Well-Being in the Context of Preparing for an Exam. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 71(2):83-91.

Abstract

The present study investigated the relationships between fear of failure, disorganization, and affective well-being while preparing for a college exam. The study comprised a sample of N = 280 students and used a longitudinal crosslagged design. The results of structural equation modeling partly supported the hypotheses. Fear of failure was found to be related to disorganization in the cross-sectional but not in the longitudinal data. As expected, fear of failure negatively predicted change in affective well-being. Affective well-being predicted change in disorganization during exam preparation and exam performance. Contrary to our expectations, however, disorganization did not predict exam performance over and above affective well-being. Implications for further studies investigating the role of well-being in the learning context are discussed.

Abstract

The present study investigated the relationships between fear of failure, disorganization, and affective well-being while preparing for a college exam. The study comprised a sample of N = 280 students and used a longitudinal crosslagged design. The results of structural equation modeling partly supported the hypotheses. Fear of failure was found to be related to disorganization in the cross-sectional but not in the longitudinal data. As expected, fear of failure negatively predicted change in affective well-being. Affective well-being predicted change in disorganization during exam preparation and exam performance. Contrary to our expectations, however, disorganization did not predict exam performance over and above affective well-being. Implications for further studies investigating the role of well-being in the learning context are discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
370 Education
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:13 Feb 2013 14:22
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:24
Publisher:Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN:1421-0185
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1421-0185/a000074

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