Stress is a complex, dynamic process of interaction between a person and his or her life. It is the war one reacts physically, mentally and emotionally to the various conditions. The purpose of the present study was to investigate stress sources, its impact and coping strategies in rural youth.The present study was done in Vellore district of Tamilnadu,India. Mean scores of stress and its impact on health reveal that as the stress increases, their health problems and coping strategies are also increasing proportionately up to a certain level. It was observed from correlation analysis that stress and health were strongly associated. Similarly regression analysis reveals that variation in health significantly explained by stress. Coping strategy was not significantly influencing health. Coping strategy was divided into subcategories i.e. proactive coping, reflective coping, strategic planning, preventive coping, instrumental support seeking, emotional support seeking, and avoidance coping. It was observed that males were using above said coping strategies more frequently than females. Similarly stress was divided into seven subclasses based on the type of problems faced by respondents i.e. work related stress, family related stress, relationship related stress, financial stress, personal stress, bereavement stress, migration stress. Most of the respondents were facing financial stress and work related stress. Now the emphasis has to be given on Mental health services so that the stresses what our youth is facing can be minimised up to a certain limit.
|Keywords:||Perceived Stress, Coping Strategies|
Associate Professor, Centre for Human Resource Development, Andhra Pradesh, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, India
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