Article Title:  Profiles and Patterns of Behavioural and Emotional Problems in School Going Adolescents

Author(s): Syeda Fariha Iram and Najma Najam

Institute: Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore; Govt, M. A. O College, Lahore.

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences (PJSS) Vol. 35, No. 2 (2015), pp. 645-657

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Present study was conducted to find the profiles and patterns of emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents from general population who had never been reported or diagnosed. A sample of 300 adolescents from public and private schools of Lahore, (13 to 17 years old, Mean=14.8) participated in the study. Participants completed the self-report standardized questionnaires, Youth Self-Report (YSR: Achenbach, & Rescorla, 2001) in Urdu language. The study revealed that majority of the adolescents was found to have normal behavior but a noticeable number of adolescents show emotional and behavioral problems. About 2 to 15% adolescents were found in clinical range and 3 to 10% in borderline range of problems. Findings also suggest that in broadband scales externalizing problems were most prevalent in adolescents i.e. 15% and among DSM oriented problems conduct problem and anxiety problem were found most common in adolescents.

Keywords: Adolescents, emotional and behavioral problems, internalizing problems, externalizing problems.

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