Factors Contributing to Psycho-Social Ill-Health in Male Adolescents

Chhabra, GS and Sodhi, MK (2011) Factors Contributing to Psycho-Social Ill-Health in Male Adolescents. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Objective: To study the prevalence of psychosocial problems in male adolescents and find out various factors contributing to psycho-social ill health. Methods: 500 adolescents were interviewed using a pre-tested structured questionnaire to elicit the information about the psychosocial problems including depression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts. Association of academic performance, family problems, psychological problems and substance abuse was also included. Results: More than one third (39.6%) adolescents were having psychological problems. These problems were significantly higher in middle adolescence (14-16 years), large extended families (> 8 members) and lower socioeconomic status. Residence had no significant relation to psychological problems in the adolescents. On correlation, these adolescents with psychological problems were having significantly more academic problems, family disputes, domestic violence, lesser number of close friends and greater substance abuse. Conclusion: Considering that male adolescents from large families with lesser education and lower income had higher prevalence of psychosocial problems, it is essential for health care planners to design comprehensive family and health education programs for the adolescents. The family support, teacher student rapport and peer group communication should be strengthened to counteract unsafe behaviours in the adolescents.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Adolescents; Psychological; Substance Abuse; Family
Subjects:JOURNALS > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
ID Code:7998
Deposited By: Kakkilaya Bevinje, Dr. Srinivas
Deposited On:09 Nov 2012 17:37
Last Modified:09 Nov 2012 17:37

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