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Richardson and Suinn (1972) studied 397 college students and noted that "among
nonstudents, mathematics anxiety may be a contributor to tensions during routine or everyday
activities, such as handling money, balancing bank accounts, evaluating sales prices, or dividing
work loads" (p. 552). Mathematics anxiety is sometimes referred to as a phobia (Richardson &
Suinn, 1972) and "mathophobia as an irrational and impending dread of mathematics" (Lazarus,
1974, as cited in Hendel & Davis, 1978, p. 429). Mathematics anxiety may be triggered by just
the mention of a mathematics problem, medication administration, or a testing situation (Ho et
Mathematic anxiety is learned from childhood, influences career choices and college
majors, and influences performance as an adult. G6mez-Chac6n (2000) describes emotional
factors that may influence how students learn early in life to deal with mathematics. She believes
that the evolution of an adult or high school student's mathematic performance is socially and
emotionally learned early in the school-aged child. Mathematics anxiety may develop based on
home and school influences, performance expectations of parents, peers, and teachers, previous
negative experiences, and/or their perception of an intense situation. Alexander and Cobb (1984)
researched mathematics anxiety and determined that students who had high grades in math
courses and had taken algebra II in high school had less mathematics anxiety. Mathematic
anxiety and the affective component were found to have a significant relationship to mathematics
achievement in the negative direction (Ho et al., 2000).
Mathematic anxiety can be positive or negative and is aroused by various underlying
factors and influences. Mathematic anxiety is one of the emotions aroused when a nurse has to
do medication calculations. If anxiety levels increase too high the nurse may not be able to
perform adequately. The nurse's level of mathematic anxiety can also influence whether the
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