PREVALENCE OF EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN PAKISTAN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY

  • Sheza Farooq Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University Karachi Campus
  • Tahira Yousaf Institute of Professional Psychology, Bahria University Karachi Campus
  • Salman Shahzad Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi
Keywords: Emotional problems, prevalence, behavioral problems, adolescents, Pakistan

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine the prevalence and severity of emotional and behavioral problems among adolescents.

STUDY DESIGN

Cross Sectional study

PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY

The study was conducted at private sector secondary schools of Karachi, from August, 2021- February, 2022.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS

Sample comprised o 1470 students between the age 11 to 17 years from different private sector secondary schools of Karachi.. The sample was collected through purposive sampling technique. Socio demographic Information Form, Asian Adolescents Depression Scale (AADS) and School Children Problem Scale (SCPS) were used. SPSS 26 was used to analyze the data.

RESULTS

The mean age of study respondents was 13.62 years (SD 1.39). Findings of present study reveal that emotional and behavioral problems were more common among female adolescents as compared to their male counterparts. Overall all 20% of study respondents were found to have very severe level of emotional and behavioral problems, and aggression was the most common problem among 14% of adolescents, followed by academic problems in 9.7% of adolescents.

About 20% of the school going adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral problems (i.e., anxiousness, aggression, social withdrawal, rejection, somatic problems, & depression), and academic problems. Further, there found to have statistically significant association between gender and emotional and behavioral problems. Mental health experts should focus on prevention and treatment interventions in school settings to reduce the risk of emotional and behavioral problems of Pakistani adolescents so that they could grow socially and emotionally healthy and excel in their academics and contribute to their family and community.

 

 

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Published
2023-03-03
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Farooq S, Yousaf T, Shahzad S. PREVALENCE OF EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN PAKISTAN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. J Pak Psychiatr Soc [Internet]. 2023Mar.3 [cited 2024Jul.13];20(01):22-6. Available from: https://jpps.pk/index.php/journal/article/view/230