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



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.


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.


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


Behavioral problems; externalizing symptoms; pediatric symptom checklist

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