Mental health seeking behaviors and perception of mental health support of adolescent in secondary schools of Karachi
Master of Business Administration Executive
Faculty / School
Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)
Year of Award
MBA Executive Research Project
Adolescent is a Latin word meaning, "Grow into adult hood" and developmental meaning is "achieving an identity." In general, adolescence is associated with characterized behaviors including, novelty, sensation seeking, exploration and taking risks and interacting socially. It is during this period an individual attains maturity and develop reasonable / logical viewpoints that help in making choices regarding education and occupation that shape the future adult life.
Health behaviors during this period are multidimensional and complex. Commonly observed behaviors on one hand is; healthy life style including exercise, healthy food intake, sleeping patterns and on the other hand, are, drugs and tobacco use, alcohol and unprotected sexual activities.
World Health Organization states: "There is no health without mental health". It is very evident from the statement that no individual is in proper state of health without being mental healthy. Thus mental well being is an integral part of health and therefore, for the proper and effective functioning of an individual and for the community. It is estimated, nearly 450
Research has proven the fact that today, that most of the illnesses physical and mental are the result of combination of biological, psychological and social factors. It is also evident that ailment can affect any individual at any stage of life but mental and behavioral disorders are most pervasive during adolescence despite of improved living conditions and better physical health. School is a better assessing place to explore different aspects of health behaviors of young population and to test their knowledge about health both physical and mental and their concerning issues. Although the prevalence of mental health problem is high among this young group but little is known about the disorders.
million people round the globe suffer from mental, neurological, or psychological problem (WHO), and some of these sufferers are suffering alone and some silently. But beyond this suffering lies the stigma and shame that individuals of our society feels in bring these suffering issues to light adding negligence to care thus increasingly contributing to human misery.
The aim of the study is to determine the mental health seeking behaviors among adolescents and their perceptions of mental health support in secondary schools of Karachi. The survey helps in determining the Attitudes and beliefs towards mental health, in addition, current levels of awareness of mental health promotion is also determined.
According to the report of Highlights of Pakistan Economic Survey 2013, literacy rate of population 10 yrs and above Is 58%, and this Is higher in urban than in rural areas and is also high among men. This also raises the number of issues associated with this younger group of
students. Stigma in association with mental illness continues to persist, although more and more students feel that they can seek help for their personal problems including mental health disturbances. No one, regardless of social status, economic conditions, or educational level is immune to mental illness.
Focus in this survey is on knowledge about mental health problems and seeking behaviors; current level of knowledge among adolescents and teachers and guardians, whether they are able to acknowledge these problems or not and the form of help they prefer when anyone encounter such problem is evaluated. Acceptability is important, because if this young group fails to accept these disorders then they not be able to help others facing this sort of situations. Meeting the mental needs of younger generation group Is challenging in today's fast moving world especially in the developing country like Pakistan, where the field of child mental health care need to be taken seriously. Ignorance of this future generation in our country is the result of increasing crime rates. Furthermore, gap in current health services is also analyzed. Subsequent findings help in facilitating the implementation of appropriate health promotion strategies for adolescent in school settings. The study will take place in different schools of Karachi city, using a minimum sample of 200 students both male and female, aged between 13 and 18 years, parents, teachers and psychiatric. There will be random selection of both School and subjects. Qualitative method of research is used to assess the participants and includes a self-administered questioner. Ethical approval from the School authorities is also sought before start of the survey.
Link to Catalog Record
Rohilla, A. R. (2014). Mental health seeking behaviors and perception of mental health support of adolescent in secondary schools of Karachi (Unpublished graduate research project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/research-projects-emba/352
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