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School Counselling in Chennai - A Qualitative Study

Counselling has become an essential part of schools in metropolitan cities like Chennai. Though many schools have known its importance theoretically, the importance given to counselling seemed to be very low. Semi-structured interview guide was prepared in consultation with experts. The researchers went to the schools and did 10 interviews. This study underlines a need for standard practices in school counselling profession, better training to face the challenges and help the school children to help themselves.

Presented in 33rd Annual International School Psychology Association Conference (ISPA) 19-23 July 2011 in VIT, Vellore

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Mental Health Concerns of Transgender Population Living in Chennai, South India – A Study

A recent study undertaken to understand the level of General wellbeing of Male-to-female (MTF) Transgender population living in Chennai shed light on the mental health concerns of the transgender population in Chennai. The study by Mr. Karthik Lakshmanan, Counseling Psychologist involved both Qualitative and Quantitative approaches, clearly reveals a strong need for both Psychologists and Physicians to first understand and accept transgender persons and then improve their wellbeing from “Average to Better.”
Published in Medindia, Health Portal on 4 Jan. 2011
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Presented in 14th International Conference of Indian Association of Applied Psychology, Vizag in Feb. 2010.

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Psychological Training on Resilience for Girls studying in Corporation School

The Chennai Corporation Schools cater to the Educational needs of the poorest of the poor. In the early adolescence, there are many psycho-social changes taking place in girls. To develop Resilience, the psychological trainings were given that included Yogic Relaxation, SWOT Analysis, Training on Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Time Management, Developing unconditional positive regard and Goal Setting. The package includes stories, life incidents of legends, puzzles, discussions, skits and brainstorming in addition to lectures. Tamil cine songs are also used based on the reviews.

-Published in Journal of School Social Work, Nov 2012. P.No. 21-25. Click here to read

-Presented in 15th International Conference of Indian Association of Applied Psychology, Mysore in Feb. 2011
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Importance of Love after Marriage

Love after marriage is very important.The concepts such as Trianglular Theory of love and Love Languages give a glimpse about how to love.
Distributed in Renewal of Marital Relationship Programme held at Naattarasankottai, Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu on 21st Nov. 2010 Read the full article

வரும் முன் காப்போம்! – திருமண முன்னரே உளவியல் ஆலோசனை
“திருமணத்திற்கு தயார்படுத்திக்கொள்ள தரப்படும் உளவியல் வழிகாட்டுதலும், ஆலோசனைகளும்’!
திருமணத்திற்கு முன்பே பிரச்சனைகளை தவிர்க்கும் பொருட்டு, சில முக்கிய முடிவுகளை எடுக்கவும், ஒருவரை ஒருவர் புரிந்து விட்டுக்கொடுத்து வாழவும் மேற்கத்திய பண்பாடு உளவியல் ஆலோசகரை சந்திக்க சொல்கிறது. மண முறிவு ஏற்படும் வரை காத்திருந்து, சட்டமே உளவியல் ஆலோசனை பெறுமாறு வற்புறுத்துவதை காட்டிலும் இது எவ்வளவோ மேல்.

உளவியல் ஆலோசனை என்பது பிரச்சனைகளுடன் பொருத்திப்பார்க்கப்படுவது மிகவும் துரதிஷ்டவசமானது. உளவியல் ஆலோசனையை மகிழ்ச்சியுடனும், வாழ்க்கை முன்னேற்றத்துடம் பொருத்திப்பாருங்களேன்!
Published in India Today Tamil Feb. 22 2012 Issue

Parenting - an art to be learnt forever

In the lives of children, parents play an important role. Parents are the models for the children. Research studies conducted worldwide revealed that children observe and learn from the parents and parenting has a great effect on the personalities of the children. The life on earth is mechanized, the social institution called family and its dynamics have changed a lot, children of this era need dynamic skills altogether to with stand in the competitive world. The parenting tips which we learnt earlier lost their reliability. We are now forced to learn new parenting tips to bring up our children and I believe we need to continuously learn the art forever.
-Published in Psyinsight Magazine December 2010 Issue
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Genepool Disorders in Nagarathaar Community

As a psychologist, I have been observing many things in our community which are pricking me very much and I want to share my observations with you all. From my personal experience, knowledge in psychology and intellectual sharing with some like minded people, I got the following ideas. My ideas may be wrong but I am confident enough to present them because I believe I will get feedback from you all to improve my understanding on our community. I reckon, this article paves way to share our ideas, discuss, debate and achieve better results. I am ready to receive any kind of response and answer your queries.
-Published in http://www.nagarathargateway.com/ May 12 2010. Click here to view the website
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The Validation of ‘Quality of Life Scale for Men with Involuntary Childlessness (TLMK)’-Tamil Version

Childlessness is an alarming issue especially in a country like India where children are considered the mainframe of any family. Is involuntary childlessness only women have difficulty or are men also have difficulties? What would be the quality of life of these men who are unable to produce children? Is it possible to assess the same? These queries form the main objective of our study. TLMK (Tübinger Lebensqualitätsfragebogen für Männer mit Kinderwunsch) is an instrument specially designed for measuring Quality of Life of Men with involuntary childlessness.

Presented in the 64th Annual Natioanal Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society(ANCIPS) 2012 held at Cochin

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வெளியில் தெரிய வரும் திருமண முறிவுகளும், நடைமுறைக்கு ஒத்து வரும் தீர்வுகளும்!
சமீப காலமாக அதிகமாய் திருமணங்கள் முறிவை சென்றடைவதாக பலர் கூறுகின்றனர்.(குடும்பத்திற்கு களங்கம் வராமல் இருக்க வெளியில் தெரியாத பல திருமண முறிவுகள் வீட்டுக்குள்ளேயே அரங்கேறிதை அவர்கள் அறியாதவர்கள் போலும்) பெண்கள் அதிகமாய் படிப்பது, அவர்கள் சொந்தக்காலில் நிற்கும் தகுதியைப் பெற்றது, இளவயது மோகத்தால் காதல் வயப்படுவது எனப் பற்பல காரணங்களை அவர்கள் அடுக்குகிறார்கள். இப்பிரச்சனையை தீர்க்க அவர்கள் கொடுக்கும் தீர்வு, மேற்கத்திய பண்பாட்டை உள்வாங்காமல் தமிழ் பண்பாட்டை மட்டும் பின்பற்றி வாழச்சொல்வது. இத்தீர்வு நிச்சயம் நடைமுறை வாழ்விக்கு ஒத்துவராது. நம்மால் கை பேசி, இணையம், ஆங்கிலம் இல்லாமல் வாழ முடியாது.
Published in Pen Shakthi July 2012

Life Skills Intervention on Resilience

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The aim of the study was to enhance the resilience levels of rural and sub urban professional college students living in hostel by providing life skills training. Students were assessed initially for resilience and depression. A pre post experimental group control group design was chosen for the study. Both boys and girls were in the first year with lower levels of resilience and higher levels of depression were selected purposively as sample for the study. A Sample of 50 students were assigned to experimental group and control group. They were trained in life skills for a period of two weeks in ten sessions. The data was statistically treated using SPSS version 11. Paired t tests revealed significant difference between the experimental group and control group. The levels of resilience improved significantly and the level of depression has lowered significantly for the experimental group. However, the control group also showed an improvement in the level of resilience but not in the level of depression. The experimental group displayed higher levels of resilience as compared to the control group implying that the intervention was effective.
Publushed in Proceedgings of the 4th International Conference on Life Skills Education. ISBN: 978-93-82062-80-6 Click here to view the publication

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