National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 7 | Page No: 169-174

Perceived Stress among Adolescent School Students in Hubli: A Cross-Sectional Study

Author: Madhavi Gajula1, Dattatreya Bant2, Geeta V Bathija3


1Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, MVJ Medical College & Research Hospital , Bangalore

2Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi

3Associate Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi


Background: Psychological morbidity in children and adolescents is high. The present study was done to assess the level of perceived stress and psychological morbidities among secondary school students. Methods: A cross-sectional study was done on 311 adolescent students in 9th and 10th classes of two government and two private schools in Hubli city, Karnataka. A validated and culturally adapted version of the 12-item general health questionnaire (GHQ-12) and perceived stress scale (PSS-10) was administered with Cronbach's alpha of 0.74. coGuide software was used for analysis. Results: Out of 311 students, 159 (51.13%) were males; 50.5% were from government schools, 72.3% were from 10th class while 27.7% were from 9th class. On assessment by PSS-10 scale, 11.9% had low stress, 63.7% had average stress, and 24.4% were highly stressed. According to GHQ scale, 43.4% had evidence of distress while 50.2% had severe psychological distress. Conclusion: There was a high prevalence of stress among school students. It calls for regular assessment by trained psychologists. Integration of mental health services with school health services is the need of the hour.

Keywords: Adolescent, Stress, School students, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), Perceived stress scale (PSS-10)

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20210625054326