Prevalence of Mental Health Problems in Working and Non-Working Adolescents: A Comparative Study

  • Aysha Niaz Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Syeda Mehreen Zahra Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Fatima Naeem Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Working Adolescents, Non-Working Adolescents

Abstract

Objective: to find out the prevalence of Mental Health Problems in working and non-working Adolescents.

Study Design: Cross sectional research design was used.

Place and Duration of the study: the duration of the study was January- August 2018.

Subject and Method: 200 adolescent boys and girls (100 working and 100 non-working Adolescent), with the age ranges from 11 to 18 years (M, 14.52, SD 1.73). Non-working Adolescents were selected from 3 different schools of Lahore enrolled in 8th-10thgrade. The sample of Working adolescent (boys=50, girls=50) was taken from different canteens and restaurants of Lahore, through purposive sampling strategy. After selection participants were given a 42 items, Depression, Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS), intended to assess three construct namely, depression, stress and anxiety, along with demographic performa.

Results: the results showed that the frequency of depression (28%), anxiety (30%) and stress (30%) in non-working adolescents, whereas the frequency of depression (34%), anxiety (38%) and stress (46%) in working adolescents. The result showed that working adolescents experience more stress parallel to non-working adolescents.

Conclusion: The study shows significant presence of depression, anxiety and stress in working and Non-working Adolescents. Therefore, it is deem necessary for all stakeholders to devise strategies to reduce mental health problems, before it aggravates and turns into serious psychopathology.

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Author Biographies

Aysha Niaz, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan

Department of Psychology

Syeda Mehreen Zahra, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Fatima Naeem, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
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Niaz A, Zahra SM, Naeem F. Prevalence of Mental Health Problems in Working and Non-Working Adolescents: A Comparative Study. J Pak Psychiatr Soc [Internet]. 2020Jun.30 [cited 2024Jul.24];17(02):9-13. Available from: https://jpps.pk/index.php/journal/article/view/33