Self Esteem, Resilience and Positive Mental Health among Military and Civilian Children | P 91-96

Lalitha Ragul and S. Thenmozhi

University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Military families have to often undergo duty related separation from the serving
personnel of the family which leaves the children susceptible to experience higher
levels of depressive symptoms. While the effects can be positive at times like nurturing
the ability to develop new skills, autonomy and confidence [1], it is recognized that
the negative consequences outweigh the positive effects. Self Esteem comes from
learning to accept who we are by seeing the insufficiencies and still choosing to like
ourselves.. Positive Mental Health consists of positivity, personal growth and a feeling
of purpose and meaning in life, which is attained by a state of balance affected by both
challenging and rewarding life events. The present paper focused on study of Self-
Esteem, Resilience and Positive Mental Health among Military and Civilian Children.
The study was conducted on military children(N= 98) and Civilian Children(N=98) with
age group of 10 – 15 years studying in Army Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya.
The results indicated that Civilian Children have significantly higher level of Resilience
and Positive Mental Health when compared to Military Children while the Self-Esteem
remains the same for both groups..
Keywords: Self – Esteem, Resilience, Positive Mental Health, Military and Civilian

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