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

Author(s): Dhoundiyal Manju | Venkatesh Renuka

Journal: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
ISSN 0253-7176

Volume: 31;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Adolescents | psychology | urban and rural locality

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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