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Ind Psychiatry J. 2017 Jan-Jun;26(1):91-94. doi: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_39_17.

A descriptive study of behavioral problems in schoolgoing children.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Command Hospital (Air Force), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
2
National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
3
Department of Pediatrics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Background:

Behavioral problems among schoolgoing children are of significant concern to teachers and parents. These are known to have both immediate and long-term unfavorable consequences. Despite the high prevalence, studies on psychiatric morbidity among school children are lacking in our country.

Materials and Methods:

Five hundred children aged 6-18 years were randomly selected from a government school in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and assessed for cognitive, emotional, or behavioral problems using standardized tools.

Results:

About 22.7% of children showed behavioral, cognitive, or emotional problems. Additional screening and evaluation tools pointed toward a higher prevalence of externalizing symptoms among boys than girls.

Conclusion:

The study highlights the importance of regular screening of school children for preventive as well as timely remedial measures.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioral problems; externalizing symptoms; pediatric symptom checklist

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