This study examines the anxiety level of deaf high school students about their future education and careers upon graduating from high school at Anusamsunthorn School for the Deaf, Chiang Mai province, Thailand. The purpose of this pilot study is to explore levels of anxiety in deaf high school students about their future upon graduating from high school in both the deaf students who plan to work and those who plan to continue study. Anxiety is defined as deaf high school students' feelings of uncertainty as they approach graduation from high school. Twenty-nine deaf students participated in this study by responding to survey questionnaires. The results showed that 34.5% of the participants planned to study in higher education upon graduate from high school, and 65.5% planned to work. The major motivation for participants who planned to attend college was encouragement and support from related persons, particularly their parents and teachers; on the other hand, the major motivation for participants who planned for work was self-considering about matching plan with their goals. The survey ratings for anxiety included 24 characteristics, organized according to three core domains: Academic education, CareerIJob, and Social and Communication. Seven of the top ten characteristics fell within the Social and Communication domain. However, there was no significant different of anxiety level between deaf high school students who had plans for higher education and those who had plans to work. The mean total educational anxiety level for participants who had plans for higher education was 1.77 (out of 3), whereas for participants who had plan for careerljob it was 1.56. In the career anxiety section, the mean of participants who had plan for careerljob's anxiety was 1.77 and for participants who planned for higher education's anxiety was 1.60.
Lersilp, Theeratorn, "Anxiety in deaf high school students about the future education and career: pilot study of a school for the deaf, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand" (2006). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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