Feb 13, 2008
Author(s): Mary Storts
The current study examined one of the most common anxiety producing public speaking situations, classroom presentations (presentation anxiety). Specifically, factors which may differentiate presentation anxiety from public speaking anxiety were assessed. A sample of 97 college students completed a battery of self-report measures which assessed the participants’ levels of test anxiety, social support, self-talk, self-efficacy, and public speaking and presentation anxiety. The results revealed a low correlation between public speaking anxiety and presentation anxiety; whereas, test anxiety, self-efficacy, negative self-talk, and family support were all correlates unique to presentation anxiety. These findings indicate that although public speaking anxiety and presentation anxiety share some similarities, unique factors may distinguish the two anxiety types.