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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 235-240

Psychiatric Morbidity in Primary School Children - An Epidemiological Study


Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital, Tirunelveli-627 011, India

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T R Deivasigamani
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital, Tirunelveli-627 011
India
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An epidemiological study was conducted in Madura! to assess the prevalence of psychiatric problems in school children using Rutter B Scale. After screening 755 children by Rutter B Scale, 207 children were subjected to clinical evaluation and parental interview. Psychiatric morbidity was found to be 33.7%. The prevalence rate for (Afferent disorders were as follows: Conduct disorder 11.1%; Enuresis 14.3%; Hyperkinetic Syndrome 1.7%; Mental retardation 2.9%. Low intelligence, lower socio-econemic status and lack of parental involvement in children's studies were significantly related to psychiatric morbidity. The Rutter B Scale is an useful screening instrument in epidemiological surveys.



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