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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 134  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-68

Perceived stress, life events & coping among higher secondary students of Hyderabad, India: A pilot study

1 Micronutrient Research Group, National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad, India
2 Division of Behavioural Sciences, National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad, India
3 Division of Bio-Statistics, National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad, India
4 Division of Community Studies, National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
K Madhavan Nair
Scientist 'E', Micronutrient Research Group, Department of Biophysics, National Institute of Nutrition, Jamai-Osmania PO, Tarnaka, Hyderabad 500 007
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 21808136

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Background & objectives : Psychosocial stressors leading to allostatic load need to be explored further as these have great scope for early intervention. Stress studies done in India are mostly based on sources of stress and objective measures of stress. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to assess stress appraisal among students (16-17 yr) and to identify institution-specific differences (Private vs. Government) in stress appraisal and coping. Methods: The study was carried out among 16-17 yr old apparently normal students. Eighty students were recruited from six schools ensuring equal representation from gender/category of schools (Government/ Private). Validated and culturally adaptable behavioural scales for perceived stress (PSS), stressful life events (LES) and coping were administered. Psychological morbidity was assessed using GHQ-12. Data on 75 students were available for statistical analysis. Results: The students of both Government and Private schools showed similar stress perception, though the former tend to have a higher mean score. The scores were significantly higher on avoidance coping (P<0.05). The stepwise regression model showed coping as the independent predictor of perceived stress (R 2 = 10%). Interpretation & conclusions : Students from Government schools had significantly higher scores on avoidance coping and therefore, suitable for a systematic study on chronic stress for early intervention.

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