Students can turn to university counseling services for several reasons, ranging from study-related to emotional issues; yet, few instruments assess both dimensions. This study examines the validity of the “Study-Anxiety” Questionnaire (SAQ), a measure evaluating study strategies, motivation and anxiety in students seeking psychological help. Two samples of students (Sample 1 and 2, n=910, Mage = 22.78, SD=2.6) completed the SAQ only, while a third sample (Sample 3, n=100, Mage = 23.22, SD=2.3) also filled measures of self-regulated learning and anxiety. Exploratory factor analysis on Sample 1 indicated a 4-factor structure (cognitive and behavioral study strategies, motivation, and anxiety), confirmed through confirmatory factor analysis on Sample 2. The four factors presented satisfactory internal consistency; sex invariance was supported, as well as convergent validity with measures of SRL and anxiety. Overall, SAQ emerged as a reliable measure to capture academic and emotional difficulties.

Validation of the “Study-Anxiety” Questionnaire: a scale for the initial assessment of university students seeking psychological help

Nicole Casali
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Marta Ghisi;Roberta Rizzato;Chiara Meneghetti;Rossana De Beni
2022

Abstract

Students can turn to university counseling services for several reasons, ranging from study-related to emotional issues; yet, few instruments assess both dimensions. This study examines the validity of the “Study-Anxiety” Questionnaire (SAQ), a measure evaluating study strategies, motivation and anxiety in students seeking psychological help. Two samples of students (Sample 1 and 2, n=910, Mage = 22.78, SD=2.6) completed the SAQ only, while a third sample (Sample 3, n=100, Mage = 23.22, SD=2.3) also filled measures of self-regulated learning and anxiety. Exploratory factor analysis on Sample 1 indicated a 4-factor structure (cognitive and behavioral study strategies, motivation, and anxiety), confirmed through confirmatory factor analysis on Sample 2. The four factors presented satisfactory internal consistency; sex invariance was supported, as well as convergent validity with measures of SRL and anxiety. Overall, SAQ emerged as a reliable measure to capture academic and emotional difficulties.
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