Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Weathersby

Degree Award Date

Spring 1999


Self-esteem, Locus of Control, Gender, Test Anxiety, Academic Performance


Applied Behavior Analysis | Psychology


This study is proposed to investigate the effects of gender, self-esteem, and locus of control on test anxiety and academic performance. To this end, approximately 40 male and 40 female students enrolled in a general psychology class will be asked to complete a demographic questionnaire as well as instruments measuring self-esteem, trait anxiety and locus of control approximately one week before sitting for their first examination in the course. Immediately prior to the examination covering the topics of research methods and statistics, each student will complete a short measure of state anxiety. Demographic and psychological measures will be analyzed using a step-wise multiple regression procedure. It is expected that high state anxiety, low self esteem, high trait anxiety, an external locus of control orientation and female gender will account for progressively decreasing proportions of the variance in exam scores, which are expected to be lower for individuals with this profile.