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Investigate Differences in Anxiety Among College Students with and Without Dyslexia

Richardson, Ben (2022) Investigate Differences in Anxiety Among College Students with and Without Dyslexia. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate difference in anxiety among college students with and without dyslexia. We were curious to see if there was a significant difference between the two groups and if so, does the current research support these findings. The research question that we set out answer was, are levels of anxiety higher among students with dyslexia and those without. Question two was, are levels of test anxiety higher among those with dyslexia and those without. In line with the questions in the current research we found it tough to locate and find relevant literature that was interested in the same topic, in particularly from an Irish context. However, what we did find, was literature highlighting those students with dyslexia experience high levels of anxiety throughout their time in higher education as well as dropping out within the first year of college (Olofsson et al., 2015). This study aims to compare the two groups (dyslexic and non-dyslexic students) generalized anxiety and test anxiety levels to see if there is a significant difference between them. The current study recruited participants within higher education institutes, (n=82). Participants then took part in an online questionnaire containing 3 sections, unidentifiable demographic questionnaire, generalized anxiety questionnaire and test anxiety questionnaire. Using independent sample t-test, we found there to be a statistical significances for both generalized anxiety scores and test anxiety scores. The results highlighting a large effect size, with those having dyslexia suffering from higher levels of anxiety compared to those without. This study aimed to offer more information around this area of research, in order for further research or potential action to mitigate high levels of anxiety among dyslexic students.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dyslexia; Dyslexic; students; anxiety
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Learning disabilities
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 10:00
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5679

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