Adolescents are the future of our country that will hold the reign of the nation’s development. Age group 13 to 19 years (as per WHO) constitutes adolescents who contribute 22% of total population. This study aims to assess the knowledge and impact of primal problems among the adolescents with respect to the variables such as Sexual health, Mental health, Protective factor, Smoking, Alcohol, HIV knowledge.
Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted between February and March 2019 in the rural high schools and colleges. The study was conducted over two months of time. The data was collected with the help of pretested and prevalidated questionnaire.202 students of the age group 13-19 years participated in the study of which 101 were boys and 101 were girls.
Results: Out of 202 students 101 were boys and 101 were girls. Average age for boys was around 16years and for girls it was 16.5 years. Anxiety was observed in 92(45.5%) of the total number of students, of which 40(39%) were boys and 52(51%) were girls. In HIV awareness 132 students were knowing about HIV infection/AIDS, of which 62(61%) were boys and 70(69%) were girls. In Substance abuse any kind of substance abuse was found in 38(18.8%) out of all students and for surprise all were found to be boys.
Conclusion: Very less research work is done on adolescents in rural areas. This study will help us to find the extent of factors responsible for adolescent behavioural changes hence policies needed to be designed and to find out new interventions in order to bring down current problems in adolescent age group.