Aim: To assess the mental health status of school going tribal adolescents from rural community.
Objective: To find out the mental health status (emotional, hyperactivity, relationships, and conduct problems and pro-social behaviors) among school going tribal adolescents.
Methodology: The present study is a cross sectional descriptive study design. Schools were selected purposively from rural areas of Ranchi district, Jharkhand. Socio demographic data sheet and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were administered to the respondents. Random sampling technique was used for selection of tribal students.
Results: A total of 780 male students participated in the study. In the survey study it was found that 5.12% of the tribal students were having emotional symptoms, 9.61% of the tribal students were having conduct problems, 4.23% of the students were having hyperactivity and 1.41% of the tribal students were having significant peer problems.
Conclusion: Mental health status of tribal adolescents often gets neglected and misunderstood. A better understanding of the prevalence of mental health issues among the tribal adolescents can help family, school and mental health system to take appropriate steps to remedy, prevent mental health problems and promote better mental and emotional health.
Key words: Mental Health Status, Tribal Adolescents and Rural Community