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Indian J Psychiatry. 2015 Jul;57(Suppl 2):S212-5. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.161480.

The Indian "girl" psychology: A perspective.

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Asha Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.


India has one of the fastest growing youth populations in the world. Girls below 19 years of age comprise one-quarter of India's rapidly growing population. In spite of India's reputation for respecting women, to an extent to treat her as a goddess, the moment a baby is born, the first thing comes to mind is "boy or girl?" as the differences are beyond just being biological. This article examines the significance of various psychological constructs and psychosocial issues that are important in the life of a "girl" baby born in our country.


Discrimination; gender; girl; psychology

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