Emotional Abuse: Prevalence & Gender Comparison among Indian Adolescents Shah Alam

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Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Approximately 236.5 million adolescent population are living in India which is 19.6% of country’s total and highest in the world. Only 40% of young students can attend secondary school. The basic aim of the present study is to find out emotional abuse among male and female adolescent students of India and then suggest strategies to cope with the issues. Emotional abuse is one of the burning issues and key concern of social scientists. Broadly, emotional abuse can be taken as an act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, terrorizing etc. which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity and self-worth. In fact, emotional abuse is a type of psychological abuse that causes trauma and mental illness and every second in India a child is emotionally abused. The present study was conducted on 100 adolescents including boys and girls by using emotional abuse scale which was recently developed by Alam and Nasheen on Indian sample. The scale consists of total 42 items having five dimensions. Simply the data was analyzed by using simple independent sample t- test. The major findings were boys and girls were significantly different from each other in terms of emotional abuse and boys are high on emotional abuse than girls.

Keywords: Emotional abuse, humiliation, intimidation, isolation, terrorizing, counselling

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