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Prevalence of Anxiety in Individuals with Nut Allergies

Title: The Prevalence of Anxiety in Individuals with Nut Allergies.
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Name(s): Smith, Stacey Brianne, author
Peterson, Gary, professor directing thesis
Kelly, Donald, committee member
Turner, Jeannine, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This was an empirically based study that examined the prevalence of social interaction anxiety, worry, state anxiety, and trait anxiety in individuals with a nut allergy. Three different groups were used, the first being the 'nut allergy' group (N = 24) consisting of individuals with a self-proclaimed nut allergy, and two comparison groups: the 'other allergy' group (N = 17) consisting of those with other (non-nut) allergies and the 'allergy free' group (N = 31) consisting of individuals who had no known allergies. The main hypotheses were that there would a direct relationship between the occurrence of a nut allergy and social interaction anxiety, worry, state anxiety, and trait anxiety. To test these hypotheses, all individuals completed 5 questionnaires: The Nut Allergy Inquiry Form, the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS), the Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ), the State-trait Anxiety Inventory-State (STAI-S), and the State-trait Anxiety Inventory-Trait (STAI-T). These questionnaires were intended to measure social interaction anxiety, worry, state anxiety, and trait anxiety respectively. After conducting an analysis of variance to test each of the four hypotheses, it was determined that none of the hypothesized results of this study were significant. Therefore, the overall conclusion of this research is that there is not a direct relationship between the occurrence of a nut allergy and social anxiety, worry, state anxiety, or trait anxiety. However, it should be noted that the size of the Cohen d estimates indicated that some of the differences in means were practically significant. This is an indication that the present study lacked the power to fully test the hypotheses; it could be viewed as exploratory in nature with an eye toward a more comprehensive study.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0352 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: April 28, 2006.
Keywords: Trait anxiety, State anxiety, Worry, Social anxiety, Anxiety, Peanut allergy, Nut allergy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Gary Peterson, Professor Directing Thesis; Donald Kelly, Committee Member; Jeannine Turner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0352
Owner Institution: FSU

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Smith, S. B. (2006). The Prevalence of Anxiety in Individuals with Nut Allergies. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0352