Clinical Investigation

Researching Self Care Agency of Adolescents Educating in Vocational Education and Apprenticeship Center

  • Ebru YILMAZ
  • Şebnem DİNÇER

Received Date: 02.12.2008 Accepted Date: 06.05.2009 Meandros Med Dent J 2009;10(3):29-36


This research was planned as a descriptive study to determine self-care agency of adolescents who receive vocational education.


The research was carried out between December 4, 2006 and January 8, 2007. Universe of the research included 345 studends who attended inVocational Education Center. On the other hand sample of the study comprised 345 students who accepted to participate in this reserch. Data from adolescents was obtained through face to face after required permission was obtained. It was used Socio-demographic Data Form (20 questions) and Self-CareAgency Scale (35 questions), which were developed by researcher as a means of receiving data. Number and percent distributions, Student t test, oneway ANOVA and KuruskalWallis were used to analyse the data.


It has been found that there are statically significant differences in terms of self-care agency levels for adolescent gender. It has also been found the same results for family type and situation of working mother. It has been found that there is a significant relationship between self-care agency and perceiving income level for adolescents who accepted to participate in this reserach. On the other hand it has been determined that there is a significant difference between self-care level and drinking and smoking. As a result of statically analizing, it has been found that there is a statically significant difference between academic success and self care level for adolescents.


According to results obtained, it is suggested that adolescents should understand the importance of self-care agency for meeting their personal needs and researches should be carried out aiming to eliminate information deficiency between personal characteristics and self-care agency.

Keywords: Adolescence, self-care, self-care agency, vocational education