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An Investigation of Adolescents’ Psychological Health in Terms of Demographic Variables

Author(s): Orhan Gürsu

Journal: Journal of Theoretical Educational Science
ISSN 1308-1659

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 110-130;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: adolescent | demographic variables | psychological health

Adolescence is a problematic stage due to its nature. There are several factors that affect adolescents’ psychological health so do demographic variables. In this study, relationships between adolescents’ psychological health and demographic variables were explored. The sample of the study consisted of 1009 students being taught in 8 different high schools in Konya, Turkey. The Socio-demographic Information Form and the Short Symptom Scale were used to collect the data. Statistical analyses showed that females had more negative psychological health indicators than males, students being taught in a science high school had the most positive ones while those being taught in a girls’ vocational school had the most negative psychological health indicators than the others, and that psychological health became worse depending on age and grade level, but better depending on parents’ level of education and religiousness.

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