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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

The psychological world of adolescence: A comparative evaluation between rural and urban girls

1 National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Meenakshi Medical College, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, India

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Manju Dhoundiyal
National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, Bangalore, Southern Regional Centre, No.18, Doddabalapura Road, New Town Yelahanka, Bangalore-64
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.53313

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A cross-sectional study was conducted to get an insight into the psychological world of adolescence and to study the influence of locality and school-going activity on it. The study group comprised of 240 girls in the age group 12-18 years equally representing urban and rural areas. Using two psychological tests, namely Strengths and Difficulty Questionnaire and Health-Related Quality of Life Inventory, the results revealed that two-third of them were in the problematic and borderline category as per SDQ and one-third as per PedsQL. Further, there was a definite linear relationship between the total problem score of both scales. This was irrespective of the locale and school-going activity. The results indicate the need for building psychological infrastructure into the social system to help adolescents girls grow to their potential.

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