Universal Journal of Psychology Vol. 4(2), pp. 93 - 98
DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2016.040204
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Quality of Life and Hopelessness among Adolescent Rag Pickers of Delhi, India


Akbar Hussian *, Monu Lal Sharma
Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India

ABSTRACT

Rag pickers are marginalized section of our society. India grappling the problem of shelter particularly in the urban societies besides other socio economic problems likes other Asian countries. Children living and working on streets are bound to adopt substandard life style due to lack of basic facilities. As results their quality of life includes physical health, social and psychological functioning severely destabilized and tends to develop sense of insecurity, hopelessness, depression, anxiety etc. Therefore, the study was conducted on the adolescents engaged in rag picking on the streets of Delhi to measure their quality of life and its impact on future perspective thinking. For that purpose sixty rag pickers were taken incidentally from different localities of Delhi. The participants of were male and between the age range of 12 – 18 engaged in rag picking. Sixty adolescents not engaged in rag picking and living with the parents were also taken from the same locality. WHOQOL-BREF and Beck hopelessness scales (BHS) were administered on both the groups of participants to assess their quality of life and sense of hopelessness. The finding suggested that rag picker adolescents were found suffering from significantly poor quality of life as well as higher degree of hopelessness. Findings further indicated negative relationship between quality of life and sense of hopelessness.

KEYWORDS
Homelessness, Hopelessness, Quality of Life, Rag Pickers

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[1] Akbar Hussian , Monu Lal Sharma , "Quality of Life and Hopelessness among Adolescent Rag Pickers of Delhi, India," Universal Journal of Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 93 - 98, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2016.040204.

(b). APA Format:
Akbar Hussian , Monu Lal Sharma (2016). Quality of Life and Hopelessness among Adolescent Rag Pickers of Delhi, India. Universal Journal of Psychology, 4(2), 93 - 98. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2016.040204.