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Religious and non-religious coping with the exam anxiety: Example of Çanakkale
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CitationKaplan, H. ve İşbilen Esendir, N. (2018). Religious and non-religious coping with the exam anxiety: Example of Çanakkale. 2. Uluslararası Sosyal Bilimler Kongresi 23 Mart 2018 içinde (54. s.). Kudüs, Filistin: Son Çağ Yayınları.
Taking an exam is a source of stress and anxiety for almost everybody. However, students and their parents suffer from exam anxiety more than any other group in question. Especially university admission tests generate tremendous stress and anxiety for students as well as their parents. Frequently we observe that people employ rational (taking a deep breath, getting enough sleep and having a good breakfast), religious (praying), and irrational/superstitious (using a lucky pencil or drinking enchanted water) coping strategies to relieve their stress and to be successful. The purpose of this research was to learn what kinds of rational, religious and non- religious superstitious coping strategies are used or considered by students and their parents. We developed a 12-item short questionnaire and conducted the survey during the national university admission test days; before the exam hour, during the exam (parents only) and after the exam. Results indicate that most students employ all the coping strategies available to them, regardless of them being rational, irrational, religious or superstitious. But parents tend to use more rational and religious coping strategies such as praying and reading some surah from the Qur’an.