Emotional Maturity and Behavioral Problems among School Students: A Correlational Study
Keywords:Emotional Maturity, Behavior Problems, Internalizing Problems, Externalizing problems
This study examines the relationship between Emotional Maturity and Behavioral Problems of school students. The Emotional Maturity Scale (EMS) and the Child Behavior Checklist (YSR) were used on a sample of 800 school students selected from different public and private schools of Lahore, Pakistan. The results of the study indicate that there is a significant positive relationship between emotional maturity and the internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems of the school students. Moreover, there were gender differences between emotional maturity and externalizing problems of the school children. Girls (M=146.23) were found to be more emotionally insecure than boys (M=143.3) whereas boys (M=18.42) had more externalizing problems than girls (M=16.60). The study can guide the counselors about the relationship of emotional maturity and behavioral problems and how these affect the school children in different ways.
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