Levels of Self-esteem, Stress and Coping Strategies among Adolescent Girls at Selected Schools, Vellore
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Mental health is a life-threatening factor for the well-being of an individual. Whether it is student life or professional life, without comprehensive mental health, it becomes difficult to shine in their respective fields. The nature of education and knowledge become more multifaceted as one moves upward in the academic hierarchy. The academic workload also rises in higher classes.
Materials and methods
A descriptive study was done to assess the levels of self-esteem, stress and coping strategies among adolescent girls. The study was conducted at selected private and government schools, Vellore town. A total of 400 adolescent girls studying 9th standard were selected randomly who fulfilled the Inclusion criteria. After collecting demographic variables of adolescent girls, data obtained using a standardized scale such as Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSE, 1965) to assess the self-esteem, Perceived stress scale to determine the levels stress and A-COPE scale to assess the coping strategies.
The result indicates that the majority of the adolescents 349 (87%) had low self-esteem and 51 (13%) had moderate self-esteem. In regards to the adolescent stress level, more than of the adolescent girls 217 (54%) had high stress, and 183 (46%) had moderate stress. Regarding coping strategies among adolescent girls, the majority 378 (95%) had inadequate coping, and only 22 (5%) had moderately adequate coping strategies. It was also noted that there was a significant association between the levels of selfesteem of adolescent girls and the selected demographic variables such as type of school, medium of education, number of siblings in the family, always achieve goal, grades, birth order, and type of parenting, mother's occupation and factors causing stress. Concerning stress levels of adolescent girls and selected demographic variables such as always achieve goal and levels of coping with the type of school and grades were statistically significant.
The study concludes that the majority of adolescents had low self-esteem, high-stress level, and inadequate coping strategies. This result of this study is the basis for future Interventional studies.
Self-esteem, Stress, Coping, Adolescents.