Violence rate high among Turkish students, study reveals

Violence rate high among Turkish students, study reveals

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Violence rate high among Turkish students, study reveals

Half of the students in the survey say they subject their classmates to violence, while 60.9 percent of students are subjected to violence every day.

Six out of every ten high school students in Turkey are exposed to violence daily, according to the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the issue by academics from Ankara University’s Faculty of Education.

Half of students subject their classmates to violence, while 60.9 percent of students are subjected to violence every day. Another 28 percent have been subjected to violence at least once, while a mere 10 percent of the students surveyed indicated they had never been subjected to violence at all, according to the study.

The academics interviewed some 10,000 students from 12 different regions for the survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). 

Industrial vocational high schools ranked at the top of the list of the schools where violence is most rampant, while 12th grade students turned out to be the most frequent employers of violence, according to the daily Birgün. 

“Property damage” was cited as the most common form of violence faced by the students with a ratio of 35 percent. Physical violence was cited by 26 percent, while 20 percent mentioned sexual violence and 13 percent cited “ostracization.” 

Derision also ranked at the top of the forms of violence employed by the students against their peers at a ratio of 29 percent. Physical violence came in second place with 18.3 percent, ostracization in third place with 13.6 percent, sexual violence in fourth place with 12.1 percent and property damage came last with 6.7 percent.

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