Assess the emotional and behavioral problems of children (6-12 years) of working mothers in selected schools, Mangalore
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A Quantitative approach, descriptive exploratory design was chosen for this study. The study was conducted in selected schools of Mangalore, Karnataka, India. 150 working mothers of school children were selected using non probability purposive sampling technique. A rating scale was used to assess the behavioral and emotional problems of children of working mothers.
Majority of children (89.34%) had moderate behavioral problems and (10.66%) had mild behavioral problems. Mean percentage score were maximum of (62.8%) for the problem of ‘personality disorder’ where as the mean percentage score were least (1.33%) for the problem ‘antisocial behavior’. Mean percentage score of conduct disorder, adjust mental problems, habit disorder, educational difficulties were 53%, 60%, 35.8%, 49.83% respectively. Majority of the children of working mothers had (82%) moderate emotional problems and (67%) of children had severe emotional problems. Mean percentage score were maximum (67.16%) for the problem ‘feeling of loneliness and feeling of neglect’ where as the mean percentage score were least (5.33%) for the problem ‘jealosy’. Mean percentage score of anxiety, fear, anger and irritability, depression, sleeping disturbances were 67%, 66%, 45.57%, 60%, 30.5%, 67.16% respectively. The findings showed that there is high positive correlation (p=.879) between emotional and behavioral problems. Age of the child, sex, no. of children, type of family, birth order showed a significance association with the behavioral problems. Age of the child, Sex, no. of children, type of family, Birth order showed a significance association with the emotional problems.
Emotional problems, Behavioral problems, School children, Working mothers.