Sense of Coherence, Coping Strategies, and Test Anxiety as Predictors of Test Performance Among College Students

  • Cohen M
  • Ben-Zur H
  • Rosenfeld M
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Abstract

The study tested sense of coherence (SOC; Antonovsky, 1987), coping strategies, and test anxiety as predictors of test performance in 216 1st-year undergraduates. The students attended 3 obligatory courses and completed inventories assessing SOC, coping, and test anxiety during the final session of the 2nd semester; their grades on the final examination were recorded. The results showed SOC to be negatively related to test anxiety, whereas emotion-focused coping and avoidance were positively related to it. Problem-focused coping contributed positively to performance on the test, and avoidance coping adversely affected test grades. The data suggest that test anxiety is minimally associated with performance grades, and the 2 measures are related somewhat differentially to coping strategies and SOC. TS - CrossRef

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  • coping strategies
  • performance
  • sense of coherence
  • test anxiety

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Authors

  • Miri Cohen

  • Hasida Ben-Zur

  • Michal J. Rosenfeld

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