Exploring Psychological Health of Orphan Adolescents: A Comparative Analysis

Authors

  • *Dr.Sukhminder Kaur

Abstract

Abstract

Good psychological health tends the person to cope effectively and to respond successfully in various challenging circumstances of life. A number of psychological factors such as productive dealing (Mikulincer&Shaver, 2012), being resilient (Werner & Smith, 1992; Werner, 1995), strong self-concept (Markus, 1977; Kihlstrom& Cantor, 1983; Harter, 1999) of the individuals are vital to maintain their psychological well-being.To establish these determinants, an individual needs to have social approval and support, especially from parents which is vital during the adolescence period of self-development and helps in handling the difficult times throughout this phase (Harter, 1999; Garber & Flynn, 2001). Researchers (Carballo et al., 2000; Van Welet al., 2010) believe that people lacking parental support and careface immense problems in their day-to-day life and need to work hard to cope with stressful situations in different domains of life.Their struggle to deal with their daily hassles strengthens their self-competencies such as self-efficacy, self-esteem etc. (Werner & Smith, 1982, 1992; Abolghasemi & Varaniyab, 2010). Following this view, the present study was designed to assess stress-resiliency, coping strategies and self-concept of orphan and intact families? adolescents. It was hypothesized that orphans would be higher on stress-resilience, productive coping strategies and self-concept as compared to the adolescents from intact families. Both groups {orphan adolescents (n = 30) and intact families? adolescents (n=30)} were administered Stress Resiliency Profile (Thomas & Tymon, Jr., 1992), Adolescents? Coping Scale (Frydenberg & Lewis, 1993) and Self-Concept Questionnaire (Mittal, 1995).The t-ratio was calculated and obtained resultsindicated that orphan adolescents and intact families? adolescents differ significantly on stress resiliency profile i.e. deficiency focusing (t = 3.18; p < 0.01) and necessitating (t = 4.23; p < 0.01); and coping strategies i.e. solving the problem (t = 2.52; p < 0.01) and reference to others (t = 3.55; p < 0.01).The main findings supported that orphans were higher on stress resilience, productive coping and self-concept than their counterparts.

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Published

2017-05-17

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*Dr.Sukhminder Kaur. (2017). Exploring Psychological Health of Orphan Adolescents: A Comparative Analysis. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 3(6). Retrieved from https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/761