This study aims to determine the reasons for conflict between the female and male students attending 11th grade at the vocational and technical Anatolian high school in Bağcılar, Istanbul in the school year of 2016-2017, and to understand whether such reasons significantly vary depending on sex, age, the field of study, the level of satisfaction with the field of study, academic achievement, level of education of parents and the level of income of the family. The study uses survey model. It was conducted on 339 subjects, consisting of 178 females and 161 males were selected by stratified sampling method.The study used, as data collection tool, “Scale of Reason of Conflicts Between Students” to determine the reasons for conflict between students. The data collected were analyzed for arithmetic mean, standard deviation and by using t test, Anova test and Kruksal Wallis analysis, employing SPSS package software. As shown by the results from the study, among the reasons for conflict between vocational high school students, the level of the reasons for conflict which is related to school and school administration is “low”, the level of those which is related to teachers and those which is related to self and other students is “high” while the level of these reasons combined is “moderate”. An examination of the reasons for conflict between vocational high school students showed that the teachers-related reasons for conflict have the highest values while the lowest values were for the school- and school administration-related reasons for conflict. The reasons for conflict between high school students do not significantly vary depending on the variables such as age, father’s level of education and level of income of the family while they significantly vary depending on the variables such as sex, field of study, the level of satisfaction with the field of study, academic achievement, mother’s level of education. Accordingly, it was revealed that there is a significant difference between the levels of the perceived reasons for conflict between female and male students, which is in favour of female students. The reasons for conflict perceived by the students studying in the field of social sciences is more positive than those perceived by the students studying in the field of sciences. The vocational high school students whose answer was “very satisfied” with the reasons for conflict were more positive than those whose answer was “not satisfied at all”. The vocational high school students who responded with the answer of “very successful” were more positive than those who responded with the answer of “very unsuccessful” in terms of reasons for conflict. The vocational high school students whose mothers are university graduates were more positive than those whose mothers are illiterate.
Keywords: School, student, adolescent, vocational high school, reasons for conflict