Relationship between private self-consciousness and anxiety scores in threatening situations

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The present study explored the hypothesis that, when facing a threatening situation persons high in dispositional self-focus will exhibit higher state-anxiety than persons low in dispositional self-focus. It was predicted that dispositional self-focus is positively correlated with trait-anxiety and in a threatening situation is associated with increased ‘worry.’ The relation between the experience of anxiety and the direction of attention was investigated using the private self-consciousness subscale as a measure of dispositional self-focus. 64 undergraduate male and female students scored high on a measure of state-anxiety prior to a course examination. Women had significantly higher state-anxiety scores than men. Significant correlations were found for private self-consciousness with state-anxiety, trait-anxiety, and ‘worry.’ These results are discussed in relation to the experience of anxiety.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1063-1066
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number3_supplement
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1985

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