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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 309-311

Behavioral Problems in School-going Children: Implications for Medical Teachers in Developing Countries

Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

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Tejinder Singh
Professor of Pediatrics, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
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A large number of children suffer from behavioral problems during their development. Many of these problems are transient and may not even be noticed. A t times, however, the extent of these problems and their overall effects on a child's development can be serious (Morita et al., 1993 ). Further, children may exhibit these behaviors in one setting and not in others ( e.g. at home or in school, but not both ). In developed countries, parents tend to seek advice for even minor problems, such as persistent thumb sucking, while in developing countries, major problems, even childhood schizophrenia, may go unattended. A n awareness of the prevalence of these problems is im portant so that appropriate mental health services can be planned and provided for affected children, to improve their prospects for leading healthy, productive lives. Such awareness can help enhance the teaching of graduate doctors, equipping them to deal with these problems effectively

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