Return to School Anxiety after Covid-19 in High School Students: A Field Study in Turkey


Child Indicators Research, vol.17, no.1, pp.349-366, 2024 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12187-023-10091-5
  • Journal Name: Child Indicators Research
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, ASSIA, CAB Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-366
  • Keywords: Anxiety, Mental Health, Pandemic, Return to School
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the anxiety levels experienced by students during the return to school and to evaluate them in terms of different variables. Method: The sample of the study consists of 981 students aged 14–17 who live in Zonguldak and continue their high school education. Data collection tools of the research are; Personal Information Form and Beck Anxiety Inventory. Results: According to the research findings, 60% of the participants experienced mild anxiety, 16.6% had moderate anxiety, and 23.4% had high anxiety. In the research; It was determined that there was a statistically significant difference between the anxiety levels of the participants by age, gender, vaccination, being hospitalized or deceased due to Covid-19 in their close relatives (relatives-neighbors-friends). Conclusion: Children and young people are the neglected victims of the pandemic due to the lack of symptoms. It is known that suspending face-to-face education as one of the measures taken during the pandemic adversely affects the mental health of students. However, the results of the research revealed that returning to face-to-face education also had negative effects on student anxiety. It can be stated that systematic screening studies, development of coping skills and implementation of school mental health programs can be beneficial in order to prevent this victimization.