Abstract: This descriptive research was carried out to determine high school students’ physical activities,
stress levels and coping capabilities. The research was conducted between 1-31 May 2014 and the research
sample involves 400 students of three high schools. Personal Information Form, International Physical Activity
Questionnaire and the Ways of Coping Inventory were used for data collection. Data collection tools were
applied on children in classroom environment. SPSS 16.0 software was used for data evaluation. Percentage
distribution, t test and ANOVA test were used in the analysis of obtained data. In the research, 66.3% of the
students were found to have low and medium physical activity levels. A statistically significant relationship was
found among students on a gender, age and grade based evaluation, in which female and 14 year old students
displayed lower physical activity, and 12th grade students exhibited higher physical activity levels. No
statistically significant relationship was found between the students’ physical activity levels and their stresscoping capabilities. A statistically significant difference was found between the students’ gender, age, grade,
school success, economical status, smoking status and physical activity-based coping scale scores. In the most
active stage of their lives, high school students exhibited low physical activity and stress-coping levels.
Initiatives should be taken for increasing the physical activity levels of students and improving their ways of
coping with stress, particularly for female students and those receiving 9th grade education.
Keywords: Physical activity, High school students, Coping with stress