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Original Research Paper The International Journal of Indian Psychology
ISSN 2348-5396 (e) | ISSN: 2349-3429 (p) Volume 4, Issue 4, DIP 18.01.046/20170404
DOI: 10.25215/0404.046 http://www.ijip.in | July-September, 2017
© 2017 Chacko CM Abraham SS licensee IJIP. This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Academic Performance, Self Esteem and Happiness among
Adolescents in Kerala
Christina Mariam Chacko
1
, Syna Soosan Abraham
2
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ABSTRACT
An average adolescent in Kerala is expected to concentrate on his/her academics and all other key aspects of healthy development like spiritual, psychological and social wellbeing are given scant attention. Middle class parents and teachers often disregard unacceptable behaviors of academically high performing children. Nevertheless as the young person completes education, the world demands competencies not taught in schools and when the critical time of acquisition of these core competencies are long past. In consequence young adults face serious interpersonal difficulties in both personal and professional life. The present study is an attempt to find out whether better academic performance contributes to happiness and increased self esteem among adolescents. A sample of 150 students (75 girls and 75 boys) between 13 to 18 years of age was selected for the study. Self Esteem Rating Scale (SERS), Depression – Happiness Scale (DHS) and recent annual report cards were used to collect quantitative data. The results indicate that there is no significant difference between academically high performing and low performing students in happiness or self esteem i.e. better academic performance does not ensure happiness or positive self esteem. There is positive correlation (r) between self esteem and happiness. Happier children have better self esteem (t) than depressed children. The results of this study reveal that happiness and self esteem are independent of academic performance and parents and educators must focus on holistic development not just on scoring well in exams.
Keywords: Self esteem, happiness, depression.
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ver the years, academic performance has become the singular evaluative factor for an adolescent’s achievement and in consequence, they spend most of their time and efforts in academics than any other pursuit. Although education is not the only road to success, parents give more importance to academic excellence because they believe that good academic results can provide career choices, job security as well as high self esteem and lifelong happiness for their children. Academic achievement is defined by Reber (1985) as the
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Research Scholar, Union Christian College, Aluva, Kerala, India
2
Faculty, Union Christian College, Aluva, Kerala, India Responding Author
Received: July 7, 2017; Revision Received July 30, 2017; Accepted August 15, 2017




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