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Ind Psychiatry J. 2017 Jan-Jun;26(1):56-63. doi: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_40_17.

Cross-sectional study of anxiety symptoms in students in preexamination period.

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Department of Psychiatry, Base Hospital Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India.
Department of Psychiatry, AFMC, Pune, India.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Guru Gobind Singh Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Medical Officer, Military Hospital, Jalandhar, India.
Department of Paediatrics, Military Hospital, Dehradun, India.



Preexamination period is an exceptionally stressful time for schoolgoing children and adolescents, and the propensity of having anxiety symptoms increases.


This study aimed to assess the presence of anxiety symptoms in students in preexamination period.

Materials and Methods:

The study was carried on 619 children from Class VIII to XI. All of them were given a structured questionnaire for sociodemographic profile and Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders questionnaire. Association of various variables with presence of anxiety symptoms was assessed. Statistics was analyzed with SPSS version 17.0 software.


Totally 170 children (27.5%) had anxiety symptoms, similarly the various subgroups had increased frequency compared to the known prevalence in this age group. Age, years spent in the current school, living with parents, presence of domestic stressors, and grade deterioration, all were significantly associated with increased frequency of these symptoms. Similarly, association with various subgroups is described.


This study attempts to give evidence of increased anxiety symptoms, during preexamination phase, compared to the reported prevalence in this age group, and thus to address this becomes imperative which will improve their performance and also the mental health preventing distress along with psychological and behavioral problems.


Academic; adolescent; anxiety; schoolgoing; stress; tests

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