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Assessment of knowledge on psychosocial care children in difficult circumstances; TOT workshop for community level volunteers

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India
  • 2National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, India
  • 3Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India
  • 4Department of Social Work, Christ University, Bengaluru, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 7, Issue (8), Pages 30-34, August,2 (2018)


Children in difficult circumstances are vulnerable and encage in various unacceptable behaviours that is harmful to themselves as well as the society. Children in various social epicentres devoid of conductive environment may exhibit certain ways of behaviours. That lead to social disasters and this hampers their growth and development as responsible individuals. The development progress will ensue with the support of pro-social activists in each and every society. Children are one of the key groups directing future of the nation hence it becomes essential to address the psychosocial needs of children in difficult circumstances to ensure holistic care and development by providing through psychosocial care. NIMHANS has collaborated with Jyothis charitable society (NGO), Kerala for providing five days TOT workshop based on psychosocial care for children difficult circumstances. The current study is to find out the pre and post knowledge of TOT workshop on psychosocial care on children in difficult circumstances for community level Volunteers (CLVs). A quasi experimental study with pre and post assessment was conducted to demonstrate the results. The current study was to assess the knowledge among community level workers on Children in Difficult Circumstances (CDCs). There were 28 participants who were part of the TOT from Jyothis Charitable Society working with children across India. Socio demographic details of the participants was collected knowledge on psychosocial care, life skills and student enrichment programs was assessed using a continuum scale of 1 to 10. Descriptive and inferential statistics was carried out for the analysis. The results of the assessment carried out revealed that the knowledge of the participants on Psychosocial care for children in difficult circumstances. Life Skills Education as well as Student Enrichment Programs has increased. The paired sample t-test carried showed significant increase in knowledge among participants in psychosocial care for children in difficult circumstances (t=-11.01, df=25, P=.000), Life skills education (t=-21.28, df=25, P=.000) and Student enrichment programme (t=-14.02, df=25, P=.000). Preparing the community level volunteers on integration of psychosocial care for children in difficult circumstances in their existing activities for children would equip them in providing holistic care for children in addressing the emerging psychosocial problems among children and preventing the same at social epicentre there by arresting social disasters of varied nature.


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