, Volume 158, Issue 6, pp 144-147

A Study of emotion and behaviour in children attending a normal school in an urban area

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Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, behavioural deviance and prosocial behaviour were studied in children attending a normal school in a disadvantaged urban area, using self-rated and teacher-ratedquestionnaires. Theprevalence of depression was rated as 5%. 15% described frequent suicidal thoughts. 40% scored as behaviourally deviant. Significant correlations were found between the variables studied. The rates of depression and behavioural deviance were higher than in comparable British populations.