Social & Behavioural Problems among School Going Adolescents of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand

Keywords: Mental Health, Adolescents, SDQ

Abstract

Background: Mental health disorder is a major cause of impairment in youth aged between 9 to 17 years as one in every fifth youth has a mental disorder. In India, the prevalence of mental problems among adolescents is 14.3%. Objective: To find out the proportion of social and behavioural problems among adolescents and their association with the sociodemographic factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 150 school going adolescents (11-17years). All the study participants were recruited through non-probability sampling technique. Data was collected through Google Forms. For assessing the social and behavioural problems, Strength and Difficulty questionnaire (SDQ) was used. Result:  There were 76 (50.7%) males and 74 (49.3%) females in this study. 16% of school going children were categorized as “abnormal”, 12% as borderline and 72.% as normal for social and behavioural problems based on scores of SDQ. The findings have implications that gender do play a role in affecting mental health status.Conclusions: Mental health problems are one of the most common and highly prevalent disorders among adolescents in India. For addressing psycho-social problems among adolescents there is a dire need of counsellors. Training of parents as well as teachers should be conducted for timely intervention.

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Author Biographies

Prachi Kothari, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU), Dehradun

M.Sc Epidemiology

Department of Community Medicine

HIMS, SRHU, Jolly Grant

Dehradun

Neha Sharma, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU), Dehradun

Assistant Professor

Department of Community Medicine, HIMS

Jolly Grant, Dehradun

Published
2021-03-31
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Prachi Kothari, Srivastava AK, Neha Sharma. Social & Behavioural Problems among School Going Adolescents of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021Mar.31 [cited 2021May13];33(1):116 -22. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2027
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