Table 2

Distribution of mental health problems in rural and urban schools

DomainRural, n (%)Urban, n (%)p Value*
Emotional problems 0.7
 Normal227 (86)373 (87)
 Borderline15 (6)32 (7)
 Abnormal22 (8)24 (6)
Conduct problems 0.8
 Normal220 (84)356 (83)
 Borderline17 (6)41 (10)
 Abnormal26 (10)32 (7)
Hyperactivity 0.3
 Normal245 (93)406 (95)
 Borderline10 (4)13 (3)
 Abnormal9 (3)9 (2)
Peer problems 0.3
 Normal197 (75)303 (71)
 Borderline51 (19)89 (21)
 Abnormal16 (6)37 (8)
Pro-social behaviour 0.048
 Normal237 (90)405 (94)
 Borderline9 (3)12 (3)
 Abnormal17 (7)12 (3)
Total difficulties score 0.4
 Normal220 (84)368 (86)
 Borderline26 (10)38 (9)
 Abnormal17 (6)22 (5)
  • *p Value has been calculated comparing the normal with high (borderline and abnormal clubbed together) scores.