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History of STAR

Today’s STAR was formed in 1980, and the “founding fathers” included Charles Spielberger, Henk Van der Ploeg, and Ralf Schwarzer. Originally the group was named the Society for Test Anxiety Research, but the name was changed to the Stress and Anxiety Research Society in 1991 at the Budapest conference, to better reflect the extended interests of the group (while still maintaining the acronym).