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Using free listing to understand the difficulties of school going adolescents

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Social Work, School of Social Science, Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India
  • 2Department of Social Work, School of Social Science, Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 10, Issue (3), Pages 43-46, July,14 (2021)


School going adolescents undergo multiple challenges in their personal, family and academic life. The paper examines the difficulties faced by school going adolescents in Kollam district, Kerala. A cross sectional study was conducted through free listing method using Anthropac software. Sixty school going adolescents were randomly selected from classes VIII to XII from one government and one private school. The paper focuses on personal difficulties, difficulties at home and at school faced by adolescent students. The result depicts that forgetfulness (21.7%) and headache (18.3%), parents’ pressure & parents have no time for them, adjustment problems& groupism are the major difficulties from the perspective of school going adolescents whereas more than a tenth of them reported that they have no difficulties. The study concludes that there is a need to provide systematic intervention model for the better development of school going adolescents.


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