The effect of perceived social support and life orientation on anxiety caused by online education in Covid 19 conditions




Online Education, Pandemic, Anxiety, Life Orientations, Perceived Social Support


The Covid-19 pandemic has created a disadvantaged student population due to the sudden obligation for distance learning. Poor performance of online educational tools, risk of transmission and staying at home cause stress and anxiety in students. This research examines the effects of usability and accessibility of the online learning system on students’ anxiety in presence of students’ perceived social support as well as students’ perceived optimistic/pessimistic life orientation. The survey instrument prepared for this purpose includes questions about the online learning system used, Covid-19 anxiety, life orientation and perceived social support. Web-based questionnaires were collected from 5,682 students from different universities and the data was analyzed for the role of social support and life orientation on anxiety caused by stress born of distance learning. Findings show that accessibility has a negative effect on anxiety while the effect of perceived social support on access problems could not be ascertained. It was determined that the optimism dimension had a moderating effect on students’ anxiety and the pessimism dimension had a mediating effect. The research results are consistent with the literature.


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Halis, M., & Yildirim, D. (2022). The effect of perceived social support and life orientation on anxiety caused by online education in Covid 19 conditions. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 11(4), 310–322.



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