Osmangazi Journal of Educational Research, vol.8, no.1, pp.168-192, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
The aim of this study is to develop Traumatic Experiences Screening Form (large T), which
deals with traumatic experiences in a comprehensive way and to determine the traumatic experiences of
university students. This study was conducted in the survey design, which is one of the quantitative
research methods. The study was conducted with 1069 university students who had traumatic experience
(directly experiencing the traumatic event(s), witnessing the traumatic event(s), learning that the traumatic
event(s) occurred to close family member or close friend) and agreed to participate voluntarily. The data
was collected by using the Personal Information Form and Traumatic Experiences Screening Form (large
T). The findings indicated that the traumatic experience to which participants were exposed at the highest
rate was “A very serious health problem or a chronic illness”. The traumatic experience that was reported
to have been experienced the least often by the participants was “Forced detention and sexual assault”.
The analysis of the trauma-based stress levels found that the participants directly experiencing a traumatic
event scored the “unexpected death of a family member or close friend” as the highest stressor (10 points).
When analyzed in terms of temporal distribution, 27% of university students with traumatic experience
experienced the trauma by being directly exposed, 31% as witnesses and 62% by learning that it happened
to a relative in the last year