Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 593–601 | Cite as

Mental Health and Self-Esteem of Institutionalized Adolescents Affected by Armed Conflict

  • Firdous Ahmad War
  • Rifat Saroosh Ved
  • Mohammad Altaf Paul
Original Paper


The primary purpose of this paper was to compare the epidemiology of mental health problems and self-esteem of conflict hit adolescents living in charitable seminaries with their counterparts brought up in natural homes. Substantive body of the literature illustrates the emotional and behavioral issues experienced by these adolescents. In this study, 27 adolescents from a charitable Muslim seminary and 30 adolescents from a regular school were recruited. Self-report measures and clinical interview were used to measure mental health and self-esteem. The findings indicate that adolescents in institution setting may not be having mental health and self-esteem-related issues when compared to adolescents living in intact by parent homes. While the authors acknowledge the limitations of the study, these findings need further research to examine the causes for these differences.


Mental health Self-esteem Religion Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Firdous Ahmad War
    • 1
  • Rifat Saroosh Ved
    • 2
  • Mohammad Altaf Paul
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyIndian Institute of Technology KanpurKanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of EducationGovernment Boys Higher Secondary SchoolSrinagarIndia
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyJamia Mallia IslamiaNew DelhiIndia

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