Anxiety and Academic Performance in University Students
PhD. Esperanza Viloria Hernández; PhD.Manuel Aurelio Marquez Ortega; PhD. Victoria Elena Santillan Briceño

The purpose of this research is to identify the factors associated with anxiety and their correlation with academic performance in university students at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. The study was carried out in two stages. The first stage was descriptive, and it measured the prevalence and anxiety levels of the students using the Adult Manifest Anxiety Scale A version (AMAS-A), as well as the academic performance perceived by the students in four academic activities: written evaluation, oral presentation, course complexity, and class overcrowding. The population selected for this research consists of first-semester students, both men and women (n=294) enrolled in the 2015/2016 school year. Stratified sampling was used to select an equivalent number of the different academic levels considering the gender variable. The results highlight the positive relationship of anxiety and two of the activities performed by the students: a written evaluation and an oral presentation. In conclusion, the results obtained in this study will allow re-focusing the strategies implemented by the institution to address the mental health of its students.

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