Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Educational Psychology & Research

Committee Chair

Denise Winsor

Committee Member

Alison Happel-Parkins

Committee Member

Christian Mueller

Committee Member

Chad Epps


This pragmatic multiple case, single site research explored the sources and manifestations of simulation anxiety in Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) students at a health sciences institution in the Southeastern United States. The study involved five, second-year MOT students who reported experiencing very much simulation anxiety following their first year within their occupational therapy program. Self-reactive influences of challenge, feedback, and self-efficacy were examined. The challenge levels of simulations, the provision of feedback, and the levels of self-efficacy were perceived as acceptable. Sources of simulation anxiety were identified; internal sources included having high personal expectations and external sources involved experiencing performance-based comparisons. Overall, responses to simulation anxiety led to the conclusion that while there do exist considerable non-productive responses to simulation anxiety, such as involuntary physical symptoms and disruptions in thinking, the lasting, productive effects to simulation anxiety involve widened perspective and increased self-regulation.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest