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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 91-94

A descriptive study of behavioral problems in schoolgoing children

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

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anindya Kumar Gupta
Command Hospital (Air Force), Agram, Bengaluru - 560 007, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_39_17

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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.

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