In the present scenario, as the society is influenced by modernization and westernization, the path from adolescence to adulthood is endowed with stress. This is true, especially in the case of adolescents in the middle income group families as they have to face greater stress in the form of parental ambitions and pressures and highly competitive academic and job environments. Keeping in
view this perspective, present study was designed to understand adolescents’ perceptions on coping with stress in middle income group. It mainly aims to explore their awareness regarding alternate ways of coping, adaptive coping and its need and importance. The present research is descriptive in nature. A sample was drawn from the middle income group families of Vadodara city, India. An indepth interview schedule was prepared, content validated and subsequently used to gather data in which each adolescent was posed with four hypothetical situations on academics, hetero-sexual relationship,teacher-student relation and physical appearance. Results revealed that across the four domains,adolescents perceive parental support for their adaptive coping styles, whereas for maladaptive coping, adolescents perceive guidance or no support. However, adolescent girls have perceived parents to be stricter with boys especially in academics and boys have perceived parents to be more concerned for girls in heterosexual relationships and physical appearance. Academics were found to be the major stressor. While across the four situations, majority of the adolescents, irrespective of gender, perceived
using the problem focused way of coping with stress .Most of them were also aware of various coping alternatives as well as about adaptive coping . The study is helpful to understand the mindset of an average Indian adolescent in order to plan any program of intervention for them.
|Keywords:||Stress, Coping, Adolescents|
Senior Lecturer, The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
The M.S.University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
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