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Revista Digital de Investigación en Docencia Universitaria

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DOMINGUEZ-LARA, Sergio. Evidence of Convergent and Discriminant Validity of TAI-State: Influence of Pre-exam Coping Strategies. Rev. Digit. Invest. Docencia Univ. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.2, pp.237-255. ISSN 2223-2516.

The objective was to find out the degree to which the pre-exam coping strategies (PECS) influence the Test Anxiety (TA) - State (TA-State) in psychology students in order to obtain convergent and discriminating evidence from the TAI-State. The study included 156 psychology students (115 women) from a private university in Metropolitan Lima, ages ranging from 18 to 42 (M = 22.51). The instruments used were: Test Anxiety Inventory-State (TAI-State) and the Coping with Pre-Exam Anxiety and Uncertainty-Brief (COPEAU-B), which evaluates four strategies. A confirmatory factor analysis was used to verify reliability and validity; while structural equation models were used to assess the research model. After the structural regression analysis, the PECSs explain 13.3% of the variance of the TA-State, with task-oriented and search for social support for instrumental reasons strategies as the most influential (β = -.212 and β = .320). The theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed.

Keywords : test anxiety; pre-exam coping; university students; validity; reliability.

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