Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 275–287 | Cite as

Comorbidity of test anxiety and other anxiety disorders in children

  • Deborah C. Beidel
  • Samuel M. Turner


Elementary school children with clinically significant test anxiety, as determined by self-report and a clinical interview, were assessed for the incidence of other fears and anxiety. The results indicated that test-anxious children reported more fears and general worries than their non-test-anxious peers. As expected, the test-anxious children experienced more negative cognitions and subjective distress when taking a test. Furthermore, the fear of negative evaluation was not limited to an actual test, since these children also reported identical symptoms when engaged in a second social-evaluative task. Finally, 60% of the testanxious sample met DSM-III criteria for an anxiety disorder. The results are discussed in terms of the relationship of text anxiety to more complex social-evaluative dysfunctions, more pervasive anxiety conditions, DSM-III anxiety disorders, and the utility of test anxiety as an indicator of the presence of these more pervasive anxiety states.


Anxiety Disorder Elementary School Significant Test School Child Clinical Interview 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah C. Beidel
    • 1
  • Samuel M. Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburgh

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