Adolescents’ Perceptions about Coping with Stress: A Qualitative View from India

By Sangeeta Chaudhary and Priya Mary Joseph.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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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

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 11, pp.87-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.606MB).

Dr. Sangeeta Chaudhary

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

I have done M. Phil and Ph. D in the field of Human Development and Family Studies. I am working in the area (since 19 years) mainly with the age group of adolescence for their parenting concerns, interpersonal relationships and psychosocial issues related to the phase. I am also a diploma holder in guidance and counseling and highly interested in counseling the people seeking help. I have guided students for Masters’ research. I have publications in the area of adolescents’ stress, friendship, their parenting issues and life skills. I organise workshops for parents and as well as for adolescents retgarding their general behaviour and development issues. I am being called as resource person in various seminars and conferences.

Priya Mary Joseph

The M.S.University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Ex-Student of Department of human development and family studies, faculty of family and community sciences, The M.S.University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

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