Date of Award


Degree Name

Adult and Technical Education


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Howard Gordon

Second Advisor

Lee Olson

Third Advisor

Laura Wyant


The ADIQ was used to explore what, if any, attachment and clinical issues might be related to test anxiety. Furthermore, these variables were compared with age and size of city in which one was raised. The participants were 41 college students from a university located in Appalachia. It was found that a.) Ambivalent attachment patterns with the father had a significant negative effect on test anxiety b.) Age or gender was not significantly related to test anxiety. c.) Size of city in which a student was raised in resulted in no significant effect. d.) Negative attachment with a significant other or partner demonstrated some significance on influencing test anxiety. f.) Secure attachment with the father demonstrated a negative correlation with test anxiety, and g.) Mistrust and control variables also demonstrated a relationship to test anxiety. The Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) was used to determine the levels of test anxiety in each of the 41 student participants, determining their level of test anxiety, thus reinforcing results from the ADIQ, where those students with high levels of anxiety found on the TAI also fell into the negative attachment categories of the ADIQ.


Test anxiety.