Well-being of Orphans : A Review on their Mental Health Status

Authors(2) :-Akshita Singh, Dr. Suvidha

After reviewing almost twenty latest research studies conducted both in India and abroad related to the assessment of mental health among orphans placed in institutions, it was found that orphans ranked high in negative emotions like: depression, distress, anxiety behaviour and emotional disorders, hyperactivity, abnormal pro social behaviour, peer problem, phobias, post traumatic disorder and aggressiveness. Orphans were found to be highly at risk to psychological disorders as compared to their non-orphans. Studies have revealed the prevalence of overall social emotional and behaviour problems deep rooted in the early experience of these children. Loss of attachment and lack of parental love, care and affection have some or the other way contributed to deteoriate their mental health in later life. Study also concluded that beside degenerating mental health and leading to various psychological and psychiatric disorders, orphanhood also leads to drug addiction and evolution of suicidal tendencies among the orphans. The study concludes that there is an immediate need of supporting framework in the form of intervention programme or module to cater the needs of such vulnerable groups so that they could be availed with the suitable services and advantaged overall.

Authors and Affiliations

Akshita Singh
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Banasthali University, Newai, Rajasthan, India
Dr. Suvidha
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Banasthali University, Newai, Rajasthan, India

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 5 | September-October 2016
Date of Publication : 2016-10-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 180-184
Manuscript Number : IJSRST162540
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

Cite This Article :

Akshita Singh, Dr. Suvidha, " Well-being of Orphans : A Review on their Mental Health Status, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.180-184, September-October-2016. Available at doi : 10.32628/IJSRST162540
Journal URL : http://ijsrst.com/IJSRST162540

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