Unpleasant past experience as a determinant of cognitive, behavioral and physiological responses to academic stress in professional examination candidates

Keywords: SLPS Competency model, irrational beliefs, test anxiety, self-regulated study, academic stress


This investigation established unpleasant past experience in interdependent and predictive relations with irrational beliefs, test anxiety, self-regulated study and academic stress, variables belonging to the competency for performing in highly demanding contexts. Participants were 221 candidates from preparatory academies who were competing for posts as public elementary school teachers. The variables were measured using validated self-reports. A linear, ex post-facto design was used, with inferential and structural analyses. Unpleasant experience was shown to have significant, positive, interdependent relations with irrational beliefs and physiological stress responses, as well as negative relations with self-regulated study. Significant, predictive, structural relations were found between unpleasant experience and cognitive, behavioral, and physiological stress responses. These results partially validate the relationships of the SLPS Competency model, explaining learning in stressful contexts, and offer evidence of the need to train students in these situations.


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Jesús de la Fuente, Universidad de Almería. Carretera de Sacramento s/n. 04720 - La Cañada de San Urbano (Almería)

Full Professor of Educational and Developmental Psychology

Department of Psychology

School of Psychology

University of Almería


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How to Cite
de la Fuente, J., & Amate, J. (2019). Unpleasant past experience as a determinant of cognitive, behavioral and physiological responses to academic stress in professional examination candidates. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 35(3), 472-482. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.35.3.323101
Developmental and Educational Psychology