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ASSESSING MENTAL HEALTH STATUS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ENUGU EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ENUGU STATE

ABSTRACT

 The purpose of the study was to assess mental health status of primary school children in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study while the simple random sampling method was used to select the sample size of 308 pupils. A self reporting Mental Health Assessment Questionnaire (MHAQ) was used to collect information on mental health status of the children. The face validity of the instrument was done by project supervisor and two Professors in psychology. The factor analysis was done using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 17.0. The reliability index was established using a split half method. The scores obtained were correlated using Pearson Product Moment Correlation to obtain a coefficient of 0.85 at 0.05 level of significance. The researcher with the help of four research assistants administered the questionnaire to the children individually in an interview over a period of four weeks and retrieved the questionnaire on the spot. Data collected were analyzed. Data analysis for objective one was done item by item yielding mean and standard deviation for each item and for each subscale. T-test analysis was also employed to test for the three hypothesis set for the study. Findings showed that the children involved in the study had positive mental health behaviour as over 84.21% of the measuring scale items attracted responses that indicated positive mental behavior. It was also discovered that there is no significant difference in the mental health status of boys and girls (t = 0.105, NS). No significant difference in the mental health status of children whose mothers had formal education and those whose mothers hadn’t formal education (t = 0.194, NS). The result also showed no significant difference in mental health status of the children from rural and urban schools (t = 0.43, NS). Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made. That the Primary School Management Board (PSMB) should, through their office adopt and plan a mental health programme for primary school children in both urban and rural areas., to sustain and enhance the positive mental health behaviours that are in primary school children. Possibly, efforts should be made to include such programmes and subjects into the syllabus of the schools in Enugu East Education Zone. Adequate health education of the general public on how to treat the children to foster development of positive mental health behavior should be carried out in earnest.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages117 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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