Psychological patterns in pre-graduate students in Tirupati district

Authors

  • Ashok Kumar Reddy Kapu Department of Community Medicine, Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Chittoor, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Venkata Prasad Upadrasta Model Rural Health Research Unit, ICMR-DHR, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Chandragiri, Tirupati district, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Bharathi Sibbala Department of Psychiatry, Sri Venkateswara Medica College, Tirupati, Tirupati district, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Hemalatha Bathina Department of Physiology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India
  • Renuka Sadasivuni Model Rural Health Research Unit, ICMR-DHR, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Chandragiri, Tirupati district, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Satyendra Nath Ponna Cardiovascular Health Officer-Telangana, World Health Organization, India
  • J. J. Babu Geddam Clinical Epidemiology Division, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20241845

Keywords:

Adolescents, Psychological morbidities, Quality of life

Abstract

Background: Adolescent age can be a stressful experience for young people with a wide range of concerns. Comprehensive studies on psychological patterns among pre-graduate students in India are meagre. Therefore, this study aimed to assess psychological morbidities and quality of life in them.

Methods: The study recruited 567 students aged 15-18 years, who pursued pre-graduate courses at government (300) and private (267) colleges in and around Tirupati and Chandragiri, Andhra Pradesh, India. Information was collected about their physical and psychological health, substance abuse and usage of electronic gadgets. The levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness were assessed.

Results: A significant association was observed in the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression among government and private college students at levels of 1%, 10% and 5%, respectively. Higher levels of depression were observed in 44.8% of students; depression was high in girls and government college students. Often, girls experience higher levels of stress leading to psychological illnesses than boys due to their inability to share their feelings and fears among family members. The proportion of poor family health indicators was significantly high in students with moderately low levels of anxiety. Poor sleep had decreased as the depression worsened from borderline to higher levels in boys and decreased even with mild mood disturbances in girls.

Conclusions: Management strategies at personal, institutional and social levels are to be developed after understanding the risk factors of psychological morbidities in students.

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2024-06-28

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Kapu, A. K. R., Upadrasta, V. P., Sibbala, B., Bathina, H., Sadasivuni, R., Ponna, S. N., & Babu Geddam, J. J. (2024). Psychological patterns in pre-graduate students in Tirupati district. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 11(7), 2824–2833. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20241845

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