PREVALENCE AND COPING STRATEGIES OF DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS AMONG HIGH SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

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P.Sreekanth
M.Poojitha
G.Bharath Kumar
Dr.R.E.Ugandar
Venkata Sai Krishna Setlem
Dr.VishnuPrasad Pottipadu
Dr.Nagashekhara Molugulu
Sasikala Chinnappan

Keywords

Adolescents, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Coping strategies/mechanism

Abstract

Background: Across the globe, Students experience more psychiatric symptoms than ever, and most of them are brought on related to pressure from teachers, peer, parents and examinations etc. and these symptoms are the primary factors causing disability in adolescents. At the end, this study was conducted to determine prevalence of depression, stress, anxiety among high school adolescents and to access their coping strategies.Materials and methods: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 430 secondary school adolescents, within the age range of 13–17 years were included. The reliability, anonymity and confidentiality were maintained. Moreover SPAS, DAS, PSS and cope Scales were used individually for measuring the Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Coping mechanism respectively having Yes/No questions.Results: The prevalence of stress, depression and anxiety were found to be 76%, 57.7% and 2.8% respectively. Most of the students follow Avoidance coping strategy to cope with these psychiatry symptoms. Conclusion:This study demonstrated that stress and anxiety are less when compared with depression among high school adolescents. This research also revealed that psychiatric symptoms are significantly influenced by gender, Class, family influential factors, type of educational institution and socio-demographic factors

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