A Pre Experimental Study To Evaluate The Effectiveness Of Planned Teaching Programme On Level Of Knowledge And Attitude Regarding Childhood Mental Disorders Among Primary School Teachers In Selected Institutions In Madurai

Research Article
Shantha Seelan G and Esha Sharma
Childhood Mental Disorders, Primary School Teachers

It is assumed that childhoods are times of carefree bliss but it is found that as many as 20% of children and adolescents have one or more diagnosable mental disorders. Most of these disorders may be viewed as exaggerations of normal behaviours and emotions. According to WHO (2000), 20% of children and adolescents suffer from a disabling mental illness worldwide. Rates of mental health problems among children increase as they reach adolescence. This is a pre experimental study to evaluate the effectiveness of planned teaching program regarding selected childhood mental disorders on knowledge and attitude among primary school teachers at selected institutions in Madurai and to associate post-test level of knowledge and attitude with selected demographic variables. 60 samples were selected by purposive sampling technique. The data was collected through self structured questionnaire and likert scale and analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics. Results showed that 47(78.3%) had adequate knowledge and 13(21.7%) had moderately adequate knowledge and 42(70%) had positive attitude & 18(30%) had neutral attitude. There And the level of knowledge and attitude were increased after the planned teaching program was no significant association between knowledge & attitude with the selected demographic variables. The study concludes the planned teaching program can improve knowledge & attitude among primary school teachers on childhood mental disorders.