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Abstract                 Volume:6  Issue-2  Year-2018          Original Research Articles

Online ISSN : 2347 - 3215
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Psychosocial Problems of Preadolescent Girls with Early onset of Puberty
M. Jolly1* and Molly Babu2
1Mar Sleeva College of Nursing, Palai, Cherpumkal, Kottayam, Kerala, India
2HOD of Obstetrical Nursing Department, R.A.K College Nursing, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, India
*Corresponding author

Although puberty is a natural event, early puberty poses a risk for number of psychosocial problems. Among preadolescent girls, early puberty is associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, low self-esteem, sexual victimization, behavioural problems and substance abuse. This study was conducted to identify psychosocial problems among preadolescent girls with early onset of puberty by using an explorative descriptive design. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 100 preadolescent girls between 10-12 years and attained menarche, from 5th, 6th and 7th standards of 4 private schools in Kottayam District of Kerala. Majority of the (69%) preadolescent girls were residing in rural area and 53% had their first menstruation between the ages of 11-12 years. The mean score of the psychosocial problem was 118.73/280±26.7. Maximum score was found to be in the area of eating disorders (6.52/12±2.05) followed by anxiety (34.09/68 ±8.72).The lowest score was found in the area of sexual abuse (3.5/12±1.32). There was an association between substance abuse with age, anxiety and eating disorders with religion, depression and education of mother at 0.05 level of significance.

Keywords: Early puberty,Menarche,Preadolescent girls,Psychosocial problems
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How to cite this article:

Jolly K. M. and Molly Babu. 2018. Psychosocial Problems of Preadolescent Girls with Early onset of Puberty.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 6(2): 12-18
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2018.602.002