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|Title:||Behavioural and Emotional Problems of Adolescents in Secondary School In Nepal|
|Authors:||Shah, Nityanand Kumar|
|Keywords:||Centre for Human Ecology|
|Abstract:||Introduction: Adolescence can be considered as a junction between childhood and adulthood of human life (chronologically from 10-19 years of age). Different issues are attributed to this stage including behavioral and emotional problems. The prevalence rate of emotional and behavioral problems ranges 16.5% to 40.8% shown by the various studies conducted in different parts of the world. The objective of the current study is to explore behavioral and emotional problems of adolescents. Comparing between boys and girls on behavioral and emotional problems as well as exploring the context of their life. Methods: An exploratory mixed method approach was used for conducting the study. A purposive sample of 120 school going adolescents (with equal proportion of boys and girls) was collected in southern town of (Nepal). The SDQ questionnaire by Goodman (1997) was used to collect quantitative data and interview guide were us ed for qualitative data collection. Appropriate statistical tests were run to explore the trends and thematic exploration was done for qualitative analysis. Results: 26.66% of the adolescents were found to be at risk (sum of “mild” and “moderate” forms; clinically not at risk), of having emotional and behavioral problems. Overall, obtained mean score for Standard 7th seems to be higher in some of the sub-domains (emotional problems, conduct problems, hyperactivity problems). However, Standard 8th was found to be higher on peer relations problem. For all Standards, pro-social domain which is considered as strength, showed higher obtained mean in comparison to the problem domains, which signify very less number of adolescents were having the behavioral and emotional problems at mild to moderate level. The daily activities were mostly focused on the academics and its related tasks at school as well as at home. Parents and friends seemed to be the most significant people in the life of adolescents. Conclusion: The current study lacked statistical power and limitation on thematic analysis to detect small differences across various subgroups analyzed. Qualitative findings revealed that adolescents see school experience as very vital for future success. However, some professional help would help the adolescents to enrich the experience of achievement, to deal with issues of interpersonal interaction (especially with the opposite sex and for a successful transition from childhood to dulthood).|
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