HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 16 no. 2 (2007)

Self-Efficacy, Personal Worries, and School Achievement of Primary School Students in Hong Kong

Nancy Cheng | Peter Westwood

Discipline: Psychology, Early Childhood Education



This article reports data from 154 primary-school children attending a government school in Hong Kong. Focus group discussions and a questionnaire were used to gain information on children’s worries within the school context and in their lives outside school. Data were also collected on children’s perceived self-efficacy across academic and non-academic domains. The study explored the nature of children’s personal worries and the relationships existing among variables comprising degree of worry, self-efficacy, and academic achievement.