Family variables influencing test anxiety of students preparing for the university entrance examination

Yildirim I.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, cilt.8, sa.31, ss.171-186, 2008 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 8 Konu: 31
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.171-186


The Problem: Examinations constitute a significant source of stress in adolescent's lives (Peleg and Klingman, 2002). Exams are central to the Turkish educational system. The Student Selection Examination (SSE) causes a considerable degree of stress among young persons seeking access to undergraduate programs. Prevalence of test anxiety among these students is at an alarming 42% (Yildmm, 2007). Alleviating these students' anxiety levels will only enhance their academic performance but also eliminate some of the debilitating influences anxiety has in their lives. There are studies reporting links between family environment and test anxiety (e.g., Ahlawat 1989; Peleg, 2002; Zeidner, 1997). On the other hand, interventions are often designed merely for the students. Such interventions almost always neglect to include families.