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Abstract

ASSESSMENT OF EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS AMONG CHILDREN OF EMPLOYED MOTHERS RESIDING IN A SELECTED COMMUNITY AREAS

Kirubah, M.Sc (N) and *Dr. B. Jayabharathi, M.Sc (N), Ph.D

ABSTRACT

Background: Some mothers may choose to stay at home and adopt the traditional homemaker role. Others might prefer to work outside home, living life to its full potential. When choosing between staying at home and working outside, mothers tend to analyze what’s best for their children. There can be both negative and positive effects of working mothers on their children. Aim: The study aims to assess the emotional and behavioural problems among children of employed mothers residing in a selected community area at Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram district, Tamilnadu. Methods: The study was conducted at Selected community setting at Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District. Cross sectional design was adopted for the study. 30 children of those who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected by purposive sampling technique. The tool for data collection consists of 3 sections. Section A consisted of structured questionnaire to assess the demographic variables of children. Section B comprised of modified Conners abbreviated rating scale to assess the emotional problems of children. Section C comprised of Achenbach modified child behavioural checklist to assess the behavioural problems of children. Results: The present study results show that, regarding the emotional problems of children, majority 13 (43.3%) had moderate emotional problems, 9(30%) of children had mild emotional problems and 8 (26.7%) of them had severe emotional problems. With regard to behavioural problems of children, majority 16 (53.3%) had mild behavioural problems, 11(36.7%) of children had moderate behavioural problems and 3 (10%) of them had severe behavioural problems. There was positive correlation found between the emotional and behavioral problems among children. Conclusion: The present study results show that, regarding the emotional problems of children, majority 13 (43.3%) had moderate emotional problems and most of children 16 (53.3%) had mild behavioural problems. Counselling session can be organised for these children for reducing their emotional and behavioural problems. Educational programme can also be planned for the employed mothers to improve their knowledge on child care.

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