Alleviate Examination Anxiety and conserve Mental Health of the Adolescent Students: the future of the nation

GHOSH, SHILPI ; ABBASI, NARGIS

Abstract

Adolescents are the potential human resources of every nation. Various determinants may influence the mental and physical well-being of the youth. Examination anxiety is one such. It is a prevalent problem for many adolescent students; affecting approximately 10-40 percent of all students. Yoga can act as one of the best alternative methods of treatment. It aims at creating and preserving a proper balance between the body and the mind. 61 adolescent students, of age group 14-16 years, suffering from examination anxiety participated in this study. Examination Anxiety Scale for adolescents, developed and standardized by the investigators, was used for assessing examination anxiety. The subjects were divided into two groups randomly- the experimental group and the control group. The experimental group participated in the yoga intervention program for six weeks, whereas, the control group did not participate in the same. After six weeks, both the groups were assessed again. The result showed that the mean examination anxiety score reduced from 71.70 to 68.80 for the experimental group and it was statistically significant at (P<0.05). For the male and the female experimental groups, the mean examination anxiety score reduced from 71.84 to 68.92, and 72.12 to 68.71, respectively. For the male group, reduction in examination anxiety score was not statistically significant (P =0.106) whereas, for the female group changes were statistically significant (P <0.05). From the result, it can be concluded that yoga has a significant effect on attenuating the examination anxiety. Further, the result showed that yoga reduced examination anxiety in both males and females. However, the positive effect of yoga intervention was more significant in females than in males

Keyword(s)

Academic performance; Human resource; Mental well-being; Test anxiety

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