Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 563–572 | Cite as

Mathematics anxiety among talented students

  • Ann E. Lupkowski
  • Randall E. Schumacker


In order to test the assumption that mathematically talented students show little mathematics anxiety, students participating in an early entrance to college program for talented students were asked to complete the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale. Results indicated that these talented students were less math anxious than most unselected college students. However, they were more math anxious than a group of college students majoring in physics. Females in the study showed a tendency to be more math anxious than males (d=−.32), although this finding was not significant. No relationship between level of mathematics anxiety and grades or math anxiety and Scholastic Aptitude Test — Mathematics scores was found for the group of subjects. However, when those relationships were examined for males alone, higher verbal scores and higher grades were associated with lower levels of mathematics anxiety. These relationships were not evident for females.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann E. Lupkowski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Randall E. Schumacker
    • 2
  1. 1.SMPYUniversity of North TexasDenton
  2. 2.Department of Educational Foundations, Research, and Special Education at the University of North TexasUSA

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